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Laurel Hill WMA

Site Directions: From Columbia, take Hwy 43 to Hwy 20. Follow Hwy 20 through Summertown and turn left on Hwy 240 (Turnpike Road). Take Hwy 240 to Hwy 241 (Napier Road). Turn right on Hwy 241 four miles to Hwy 64. Maps are outside at the check station.
Laurel Hill Lake - Lat: 35.3513°N Long: -87.53376°W
VFW Lake - Lat: 35.3567°N Long: -87.4845°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: Mid- to late successional oak-hickory forest dominates the 14,000 acre Laurel Hill WMA. Some areas are managed and burned regularly, while other areas are open park-like forest. Extensive native warm season grasses have been planted and managed around Laurel Hill WMA. Laurel Hill Lake, a 327 acre lake, is available for bird watching and fishing.

Wildlife to Watch: Neotropical migratory bird species are common in summer, including Summer and Scarlet Tanager, Worm-eating Warbler, and Kentucky Warbler. Cerulean Warblers also nest here, one of the few locations in the western highland rim where they can still be found nesting. Loggerhead Shrikes are rare, but regular nesting in the area. Great Blue Heron, Eastern Bluebird, and Belted Kingfishers are regularly seen year-round. On Laurel Hill Lake, Common Loons, Mallards, Gadwall, Wood Ducks, and Bufflehead can be abundant in winter. Wild Turkey, White-tailed Deer, squirrel, rabbit and other game species are abundant. Spring migration can yield a wide variety of migrant birds including Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Bay-breasted Warbler.

Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

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Laurel Hill WMA

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