Site Directions: From Columbia, take Hwy. 50 ten miles toward Centerville. After you cross the Duck River at Williamsport, the entrance to the area will be marked with a large sign. The entrance road is a hard right (Akin Ridge Road is also there, but it is straight as you make the right turn off of Hwy. 50).
Lat-Long: 35.707998, -87.229902, Hwy 50 and Akin Ridge Rd intersection
Lat-Long: 35.707763, -87.217575, intersection in middle of WMA between several ponds
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Site Description: Acquired by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency from the Occidental Chemical Corporation in 1997, this 1,722 acre WMA contains six lakes that range in size from 12 acres to 80 acres, upland fields, and ridgetops. Two of the lakes are designated wetlands. The lakes were created as tailing ponds and sediments remaining created "endless" mud bottoms. Habitat is being regulated in the one of the non-fishing lakes for shorebird and rail habitat. Cedar glades and oak-hickory hardwood forests are mixed with some cropland. Good mix of edge and forest provide for a diverse flora and fauna.
Wildlife to Watch: Early successional bird species are common, including Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-breasted Chat. Willow Flycatcher and Blue-winged Warblers are local nesting birds uncommon elsewhere in middle Tennessee. Forest birds include Summer and Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Red-eyed Vireo. Wild Turkey are common year round. Bald eagles nest on the WMA and can be seen regularly with up to 5 individuals seen in winter. Wetland species of bitterns, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and rails occur. Ponds maintain moderate numbers of waterfowl over the winter.
NOTE: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide 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 Williamsport WMA from eBird submissions
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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.