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Bean Switch Refuge

Site Directions: From Highway 45E in Greenfield, travel east on Broad St (just north of Shell station downtown) for approximately 4.0 miles to Hearn Rd on the left. Turn left on Hearn Rd and in 100m make a left on McKelvey Rd. Follow straight for 1.2 miles where the road turns into a single lane gravel road. Continue around the house for 0.1 miles to the entrance to Bean Switch Refuge.
Lat: 36.20408°N Long: -88.7764°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: Closed to all forms of trespass from 15 Nov through last day of February.
Fees: none

Site Description: Bean Switch Refuge is a combination of bottomland hardwood forest, cypress and willow swamp, and cropland. After passing the entrance, the gravel road travels approximately 0.75 miles to a dead end. Along the road, visitors travel through cypress and willow swamp where a diversity of plants, insects, and other wildlife can be seen. At 0.4 miles from the gate, there is a low spot (dip) in the road where water may be flowing. Proceed cautiously if there is water in the dip.

Shrubby wetlands and mature forest habitats are found at Bean Switch Refuge.

Wildlife to Watch: The plant and habitat diversity at this site leads to an interesting mix of wildlife. Wading birds, such as Great Egret and Great Blue Heron, can be found along the roadsides and ditches, while turkeys can be found on higher ground. Reptiles are commonly seen when the area is wet.

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

For more information:

Bean Switch Refuge map

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