Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Refuge Happenings

Refuge Seasonally Closed for Sanctuary Nov. 15th

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In order to lessen disturbance to wintering waterfowl, from November 15th - March 15th Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is closed for sanctuary.

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Wings of Winter Birding Festival Cancelled Due To Covid

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Once again, we regret to announce that our popular birding festival is cancelled due the surge in Covid-19 cases. We will continue again January 15-16, 2023

Northside roads/parking lots upgraded!

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Hats off to the many staff and contractors that have worked much of the summer to upgrade roads and parking lots on the northside of the refuge. They have never looked better!

USFWS Educational Videos

Bringing the Refuge to You!

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When a trip to the refuge isn't possible, let us bring a little nature to you! Learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, different wildlife species and wildlife careers.

USFWS Educational Videos

About the Complex

Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS