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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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For anyone who appreciates photography or wildlife in general, it's great

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Dawn S
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Priceville, Alabama
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Priceville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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United States
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18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A great place for a quiet nature walk. There's lots of wildlife. Deer, rabbits, birds, etc... There is a lodge with a great restaurant. Fishing, too.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Visitor Center is a mile or so east of US 31 (Decatur's 6th Avenue). Or, from I 65 it is a couple of miles west from exit 334 (Priceville). US 67 is a very busy highway. Consider approaching this visitor center from the west, and departing it to the east, if you are not a very patient, confident driver. There... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wheeler NWR is a special place, particularly in migration and in winter. Sandhill Cranes winter here, as well as a wide variety of waterfowl. There is marshland and deep water. Trails give good access to woods. A short trail from the visitor center takes you to a multi-level observation building with built in scopes to help you see the geese,... More 

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