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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » Middle Tennessee
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Cross Creeks NWR

Site Directions: From Hwy 79 and Hwy 49 in Dover, TN, travel 3 miles south to refuge entrance. Follow signs to visitor's center.
Lat: 36.4934°N Long: -87.79473°W
Hours: daylight
Seasonality: much of the area is closed in winter for waterfowl refuge. Access may also be limited when under high water conditions.
Fees: none

Site Description: Cross Creeks NWR straddles the banks of Lake Barkley and is a waterfowl refuge in winter. Low areas are managed waterfowl units, while upland forests comprise half of the acreage of Cross Creeks NWR. One short hiking trail is informative of local flora and fauna.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl are abundant in winter. In summer, Warbling Vireo, Summer Tanager, Orchard Oriole, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, among other migrant birds are common. When water levels are adequate, shorebird numbers can be impressive for an inland, riverine location.

NOTE: Please refer to Refuge personnel about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.


For more information:

Tennessee Ornithological Society - Audubon Important Bird Area web page

Birds of Cross Creeks NWR from eBird submissions

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service web page


Submit your data to eBird and help us build a list of birds seen at this site


Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.