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The refuge has so much to see, including the new Visitor Center that opened in the summer of 2014.  There are three units to explore: Big Sandy, Duck River and Busseltown, each with its own charms, beautiful views and opportunities to connect with nature.

 


Headquarters/Visitor Center

The Headquarters/Visitor Center is open 8 am - 4 pm Monday through Saturday. We are closed on all Federal holidays.


1371 Wildlife Drive
Springville, TN 38256
(731) 642-2091
Fax: (731) 644-3351
Email: FW4 RW Tennessee@fws.gov

Directions: From highway 79 North of Paris, take Oak Grove Road South and follow directional signs 7 miles to visitor center.

GPS Coordinates: -88.1267 36.3313 


John T. Taylor Environmental Education Wing

The refuge can be seen as one big outdoor classroom. At the new Visitor Center, the environmental education classroom and auditorium are perfect for programs or field trip opportunities for your group or classroom. Please contact the refuge office at least 2 weeks prior to visiting to schedule your group program. For more information please see our Educators Page.


Other Points of Interest

Big Sandy Unit:

V.L. Childs Observation Deck
Near the new visitor center, this deck provides year round views of wildlife in a bay of Kentucky Lake, complete with binoculars and interpretive signs.

Britton Ford Hiking Trail
Located just one mile from the visitor center, this 2.5 mile moderate hiking trail is open seasonally from March 16th through November 14th. 

Mt. Zion Church
Located on Big Sandy Peninsula. Take Lick Creek Road 13 miles north of the town of Big Sandy. This old church built in 1898 still stands as a reminder of the community that once thrived here.

Bennett's Creek Observation Deck
Just past Mt. Zion church on the Big Sandy Peninsula. Open year round with spotting scopes. A good location to view bald eagles in the winter.

Chickasaw National Recreation Trail
On the Big Sandy Peninsula. Take Lick Creek Road 13 miles north of the town of Big Sandy. This 1.2 mile easy hiking trail is open year round and features rock tread, benches and interpretive signs.

Duck River Unit:

Pintail Point Observation Blind
Located in the Duck River Bottoms, this blind is open year round. In New Johnsonville, take Long Street off highway 70 and follow the directional signs.

Blue Goose Boulevard Interpretive Drive
In Duck River Bottoms off Refuge Lane. Open seasonally from March 16th through November 14th, this 3 mile drive allows visitors to view wildlife with interpretive signs.

Duck River Bottoms Overlook
Off Birdsong Road or Highway 191. Open year round providing an excellent view overlooking the river and Duck River Bottoms. The deck is located at the end of 1/4 mile hiking trail.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015
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