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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » Middle Tennessee
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AEDC WMA and Woods Reservoir Refuge

Site Directions
From Nashville, take I-24 east (toward Chattanooga) and exit at the Arnold Air Force Base exit (#117). Turn right onto Wattendorf Highway. The WMA is on both sides of the highway, all the way to Tullahoma.

To get to the check station from the interstate, take Wattendorf Highway past the Air Force Main Gate and turn left onto Winchester Highway. Go three miles and turn right onto Old Brick Church Road. Go two miles and turn left at the check station sign.

To reach Sinking Pond, take Wattendorf Memorial Highway 0.3 miles and turn right on Hillsboro Road. Travel 4.6 miles to a pull off on the left. Cross road on foot and travel road bed to swamp forest.

To reach Woods Dam, from I-24, go west towards AEDC, passing the main entrance and travel 3.2 miles and turn left on Winchester and Morris Ferry Boat Dock. Travel 3.8 miles and bare right and go 1.4 miles further to the lake.
Access via Hwy 127 - Lat: 35.39877°N Long: -86.09453°W
Woods Reservoir near UTSI - Lat: 35.39877°N Long: -86.02331°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: This area comprised 32,000 acres of Oak-hickory hardwood forests and open pine savannas with scattered scrub/shrub and grassland habitats. Native warm season grasses and wild flowers are common in open areas that are burned regularly. Forest burning and clearing of forest to provide early successional habitat has provided ample thickets and heavy cover for wildlife. Woods Reservoir is a large open water reservoir with multiple viewing areas.

Wildlife to Watch: Forest songbirds are common year-round. Priority Neotropical forest migratory birds such as Kentucky Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Hooded Warbler, and Wood Thrush are common in summer. Grassland birds such as Northern Bobwhite, Henslow's Sparrow, and Grasshopper Sparrow are found in summer. Scrub birds such as Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Dickcissel can be found nesting. Bachman's Sparrow, although rare, may be found with some luck. Waterbirds can be common in winter, incl. Common Loon, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser and Red-breasted Merganser. American Coots can be extremely abundant. Wild Turkey and deer are abundant across AEDC WMA.


Little Elder Island rookery.

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


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.