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Maness Swamp Refuge

Site Directions: From Kenton, follow highway 89 east and follow signs to Greenfield and Big Cypress State Natural Area. Highway 89 is well paved, has several sharp bends, and transitions to Highway 445; however follow the signs to Big Cypress State Natural Area and you will pass the entrance to Maness Swamp WMA.
For nearby Kenton, TN:
Lat: 36.18478°N Long: -88.91628°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round. The area is closed to all forms of trespass from 1 November through 14 February; however designated observation areas are open year round.
Fees: none

Site Description: The area is primarily agricultural fields that are flooded in winter for waterfowl. At the south end of the access road, accessible only when the road is dry, is some of the best reforestation you will find anywhere. The area is a refuge for waterfowl to rest, so there is no duck hunting.

Wildlife to Watch: Winter waterfowl is the main draw for this site.

NOTE: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site. The area is closed to all forms of trespass from 1 November through 14 February; however observation areas are open year round.

For more information:

Tennessee Ornithological Society - Audubon Important Bird Area site description

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.