Visitor Activities

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"In nature is where I feel most myself" -Unknown

  • Hunting

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    Mountain Longleaf NWR is included in the overlay of Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area, and all rules and regulations for hunting on the refuge are outlined in the permit. The WMA is managed by the State of Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. Permits are available at the refuge office and many local outfitters and outdoors stores. For further information, feel free to call the refuge office, 256-848-6833.

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    The refuge’s hunting regulations are in ordinance with state laws. Hunting on the refuge requires a Wildlife Management Area permit and license purchased from the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area.


  • Wildlife Viewing

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    In the midst of old-growth mixed hardwood pine forest there are two challenging trails on the refuge. Each trail resides on different sides of the refuge. The North Ridge Road Trail is located on North Ridge Road and is 1.4 miles. The Smoky Mountain Trail is located on the South Ridge Road and is 3 miles. Please respect the trails and the other visitors by following Leave No Trace Guidelines.

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge! From birding to catching a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.

    From every state and all parts of the globe, people visit each year, especially for the chance to see wildlife and birds.  The 18 miles of trails encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.  For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Mountain Longleaf NWR, contact the refuge office 256-848-6833.

  • Interpretation

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    Visitors can find their own connections with nature along any of our roads and trails. Both hiking trails lead visitors from an interpretive kiosk about the refuge and trail through the forest to observed wildlife and landscape.

    Refuge System interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  From self-guided walks to staff-led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.

    In addition to staff and volunteers presenting programs to audiences, the refuge use a variety of exhibits, signs, brochures, and electronic media to communicate natural history stories to visitors.  Printed and virtual information is available on many topics, including plants and animals, seasonal migrations, habitats, refuge management strategies, and endangered species.

  • Photography

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    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

    Whether you have expensive equipment or just a cell phone, refuges are a great place to capture wildlife on camera! Mountain Longleaf NWR has a variety of locations good for wildlife and landscape photography. 

    Want to share your picture?
    Post it onto the refuge’s Facebook page or email it to and we’ll post it for you. Be sure to tell us when and where you took it and we will be sure to give you photo credit!

  • Hiking

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    The refuge has over 18 miles of trails ranging in levels of difficulty. The most visited trail is the North Ridge Road Trail, located just up the road from the Moorman Overlook. The Smoky Mountain trail also provides a beautiful walk to a mountain creek. Be prepared, though; most of the trails on the refuge are steep and will test even the most experienced hiker !