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Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

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Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

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Highway 60, Birchwood, TN
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DanceEnthusiasts wrote a review Feb 2020
Knoxville, TN, USA2 contributions
The viewing platform is perfect. Plan on “hanging out” for a while and see them flying. They let you imagine that you are in a prehistoric time. Of course timing is everything. To see the cranes you must come at the right time of year and any water or hiking activities are not allowed, so it is only a viewing experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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georgializ wrote a review Jan 2020
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We try to go once a year to see the sandhill cranes. It is an amazing sight. And can be noisy when they call each other. I have many photographs of them,it's hard to delete any. Area is mostly limited but you are still able to get a good view. Bring binoculars / long range lenses. Sometime birds fly directly overhead but if they are on the river, they can be difficult to photograph. It's only roughly an hour from where we live so it makes for a good afternoon outing. In addition, there is a historical site nearby that was one of the places where the Cherokees were rounded up to begin the Trail of Tears.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Donna G wrote a review Dec 2019
Atlanta, Georgia34 contributions6 helpful votes
We went here to see the sandhill cranes. There were thousands. This time of the year most of the area was blocked off.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Greg B wrote a review Apr 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my first time to view the Sandhill cranes at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. I am new to birding but had a great time photographing these birds. I would have given the experience a 5 star rating if the viewing area had been just a little closer; made me wish I had a longer lens. Greg B
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Gerald H wrote a review Feb 2019
Atlanta, Georgia9 contributions3 helpful votes
The viewing area for Sandhill Cranes and other wildlife is terrific. Easy access with only a 25 meter walk from your car.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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