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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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The visitor center is a great place to start your visit to the refuge - information, many displays, an auditorium for programs, nice restrooms and helpful staff. There is no... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The visitor center is a great place to start your visit to the refuge - information, many displays, an auditorium for programs, nice restrooms and helpful staff. There is no charge to visit the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, but they do appreciate donations. They also offer a nice variety of items for sale - cash or check only. A short walk... More 

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Trafford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place. We were fortunate to be able to go during peak birding time. The main attraction were the Whooping Cranes, we saw 8 of the beautiful birds. There were also thousands of sandhill cranes and various species of ducks.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful. We saw thousands of cranes- even some whooping cranes. The visitor center is welcoming and beautifully done. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. What a wonderful place - and free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Joe Wheeler State Park, Wheeler Dam and Lock..... make for a beautiful and relaxing day. We are looking forward to staying in the cabins at the State Park soon :)

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It is free! Nice small picnic area and a small museum with a movie; variety of walking trails and an overlook; different things to see at different times of the year; great place to take school groups, scouts, and for families and couples who enjoy being outside

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Decatur, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Well maintained federal refuge with ( heated & cooled) great bird viewing center through the woods. Office area has auditorium and several very goof wildlife displays. .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It is centrally located on hwy 67 between decatur and priceville. They have a small Museum for nature lovers along with several trails.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very unique place for birds in Decatur. Open area. Helpful staff. lots of birds. Has small museum for birds too.

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Decatur, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

In the fall this refuge is amazing. Whooping cranes along with many other bird species are spotted. A ranger or volunteer is present in the visitor's center to answer questions and give help to visitors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Stop at the visitors center. The museum of local wildlife entertains the kids, short walk to the observatory where all kinds of waterfowl are visible in season. Take a short hike down the boardwalk trail. Fishing area and additional hiking trails across the highway.

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