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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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Great way to enjoy nature

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
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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