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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
Phone Number: (256) 350-6639

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Very good wildlife scenery feels like you travel back in time hunting fishing or just relaxing an excellent place to visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
David G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good wildlife scenery feels like you travel back in time hunting fishing or just relaxing an excellent place to visit

Thank David G
Decatur, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go out and walk the trails, view ducks and cranes from the observation house, experience outdoors and wilderness steps from downtown! Huge asset and hidden gem. Great fun for all ages and interests.

Thank Jbrown256
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only fished there is a fishing dock there, during the winter you see mostly birds. Was only here for a couple of hours.

Thank Theresa C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place. There's a bit too much commercial activity nearby for it to be a true refuge for wildlife - and it's off a highway - so it's more of an animal duck and cover spot. It's pretty, though, and kept up well and desperately needed. The birds at least realize they can live here in peace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for a picnic lunch off I-65 with our 4 young kids (9, 7, 7, and 5). They loved seeing all of the animals, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. A great place to stretch the legs and do something fun in the middle of a long road trip.

Thank Teddy R
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

With all of the deadlines, limitation and expectations this life can demand, it's nice to have this peaceful place to escape to and just breathe! What a treat inside this sweet city!

Thank jacksprat21
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I love the proximity and the calmness of the vast area.. The trails are nice and wide but a bit winding and there is a lovely bench to sit on over the water to enjoy the breeze and view

Thank Bluevoyager82
Decatur, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

There are 3 trails to walk. 1 short trail to an observation tower where you can spend hours watching the different birds. During crane season, it's pretty neat to see if can spot sand hill cranes among the other cranes. another trail goes through a marshy area. It takes abt. 20-30 min to walk. Another trail is across the hwy... More 

Thank scott c
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We were looking forward to visiting this wildlife refuge, however it's closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we missed out. We did go to the day use area and took a walk though the forest, which was nice but a bit noisy with the busy road close by.

Thank Bruce W
Hanceville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We like ot take the children here in the winter to see tha variety of birds that bed here for the winter. It is always educational and fun to watch the birds.

Thank TamaraM2537

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