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Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

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I never knew they had pelicans in Tennessee.

We took a trip out here to see if the Sandhill Cranes has migrated yet. Much to my surprise, there... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Harrison, Tennessee
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Great place to observe the Sandhill Crane migration. A friend and I visited for the Sandhill Crane... read more

Reviewed January 19, 2017
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4 weeks ago
“I never knew they had pelicans in Tennessee.”
Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a trip out here to see if the Sandhill Cranes has migrated yet. Much to my surprise, there was a flock of White Pelicans. I kept saying they look like Pelicans but when I arrived home I googled to see if it was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

My teenage kids and I visited during the month of July. This is not a place to go to in the summer. It is only for watching birds migrating. Once I get to see this refuge functioning, then I will change my review.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dyweena
Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Great place to observe the Sandhill Crane migration. A friend and I visited for the Sandhill Crane festival. It was wonderful. Not only saw cranes, but also White Pelicans and other types of waterfowl. Definitely will be going back.

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Lookinthrualens
Reviewed January 2, 2017

What an absolutely wonderful afternoon watching Sandhill Cranes from the viewing area. If you are a birder or naturalist this is a "must do" on your list. Hiwassee WR is one of the wintering areas for Sandhill Cranes and they are aboundant in this area....More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank Gene H
Reviewed December 3, 2014

A friend took me to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge which is about a 1 hour drive from Knoxville TN. It was January, just before the Festival started when the Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes and a variety of other birds are migrating. It was cold out...More

Date of experience: January 2014
4  Thank Peter L
Reviewed January 22, 2013

We went the weekend BEFORE the Festival, hoping to avoid the crowds, and we were treated to actually decent weather, and the thrill of seeing not one, but two rare whooping cranes. The sandhills number in the hundreds and are just beautiful in flight, as...More

Date of experience: January 2013
3  Thank stork90
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Each winter thousands of Sandhill Cranes and a few endangered Whopping Cranes winter at the Hiwassee TWRA Refuge. There is a very nice viewing platform that is handicap accessible. Closest town with motels and restaurants is Dayton, Tennessee

Date of experience: January 2013
4  Thank Robert H
Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

I've just returned from a trip into copperhill, TN aboad the Hiawasse River Rail and it was a fun trip. The left side of the train is the scenic side but they ask passangers on opposite sides of the train to swap seats before the...More

1  Thank fireball92771
Reviewed September 25, 2012

My sister and I decided to do this while on vacation. It was a wonderfully smooth train ride, with entertainment and guide information on the area, etc. I would definitely recommend this for families and for people in need of handicapped entry. The train is...More

Date of experience: August 2012
10  Thank cogle1726
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January 28, 2017|
Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
The Hiawassee NWR, National Wildlife Refuge is one of the wintering grounds of the Sandhill Cranes. NOW! While the Annual Festival is in late Jan or early Feb., anytime during that period is a good time to go. Early morning... More
January 20, 2016|
Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for answering almost a year later but the information is current. Usually around mid-to-late January to early February is the Sandhill Crane Festival in Birchwood TN. So to answer your question directly, yes, mid Feb... More