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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd., Decatur, AL 35603
Phone Number: (256) 353-7243
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If you don't stop...you'll regret it !

As a long time resident of any area, we as a whole tend to take things of local interest for granted. "The Refuge" is no exception. So many of us take this place for granted. But... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
Donna C
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Athens, Alabama
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Athens, Alabama
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

As a long time resident of any area, we as a whole tend to take things of local interest for granted. "The Refuge" is no exception. So many of us take this place for granted. But when you stop, and take time out to go, you will understand why people drive for miles to come to this place of beauty,... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Informative exhibits in the visitor's center, beautiful grounds, friendly staff. Visit the wildlife viewing center while there, can see wildlife 'up close' using telescopes.

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Pulaski, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

There are several areas to go bird watching. In the wintertime is when the Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes come in for the winter. Do feel they need to improve the Beaverdam Boardwalk area. Its a beautiful swamp, but trash in the parking area, some graffetti and some of the boards on the boardwalk is rotting away.

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Priceville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I go here a bit. I love the trail that is right off of 67 on the river (with the bridge and fishing pier). The refuge is huge - the visitor's center is nice too, altho I haven't been there in years. I love just getting lost in the woods with my camera. It's so peaceful.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The refuge is mostly about the waterfowl. It is interesting and there are good binoculars to view the wildlife through.

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Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

What's not to like looking out over beautiful land and seeing wildlife. A nice scenic area and lovely to just rest and see or bring a picnic.

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Appleton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

There are large areas of mud flats and fields right along the highway and near the visitors center in Decatur, Alabama. December is peak for observing hundreds of birds. We'll return!

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My Dad is an avid bird watcher, so when we were in the area for our family's Thanksgiving, he wanted to go check out the cranes. My husband and I thought why not go check it out too? There's an observation deck where you can watch the birds, but "observation deck" might be the understatement of the month. It's a... More 

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Decatur
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The snow was still on the ground and the birds were plentiful. It is a lively place to visit in the winter.

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Madison, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed two days in the RV campground which has many nice sites. Most all of them are fairly level and shaded by tall trees. There are some hiking trails that are nice for exercise and bird watching. Nice golf course, lodge, cabins, marina, and a couple of boat ramps for putting your boat in the water. Very relaxing place.... More 

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