Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Location of Wheeler NWR in Alabama
Wheeler NWR
Map of Wheeler NWR
Wheeler NWR

35,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge located along the Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama.

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Redstone Arsenal

United States Army post and a census-designated place (CDP) adjacent to Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama, United States and is part of the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.

RSA Headquarters (Bldg. 7101) with PGM-11 Redstone missile display
Location of RSA in Alabama
1940s munitions production at Huntsville Arsenal
RSA commander Maj. Gen. John Medaris, Wernher von Braun, and RSA deputy commander Brig. Gen. Holger Toftoy (left to right) in the 1950s

Redstone Arsenal contains extensive wetland areas associated with the Tennessee River and several local springs, much of which is maintained by the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Joseph Wheeler

American military commander and politician.

Wheeler dressed as a Confederate general in the 1860s
Wheeler at West Point
Joseph Wheeler during the Civil War
Wheeler's former residence in Washington, D.C.
Staff of the 1st US Volunteer Regiment, the "Rough Riders" in Tampa – Lt. Col. Roosevelt is on the right, Leonard Wood is next to him and bearded former Civil War Confederate general Joseph Wheeler is standing in front. Taylor MacDonald is on the far left and Major Alexander Oswald Brodie is next to him.
Wheeler in later life
National Statuary Hall Collection statue of Wheeler

Additionally, several locations in Alabama are named after Wheeler including Joe Wheeler State Park, Wheeler Lake and Dam, and the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Wheeler Lake

Located in the northern part of the state of Alabama in the United States, between Rogersville and Huntsville.

Wheeler Lock and Dam, impounding Wheeler Lake on the Tennessee River
Wheeler Lake area

Along with camping, boating, and fishing, visitors enjoy the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge several miles upstream from the dam.

Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge

199 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in northeastern Alabama, near Paint Rock, Alabama in Jackson County.

Entrance to Fern Cave
Map of Fern Cave NWR
Inside Fern Cave
Fern Cave NWR
Fern Cave NWR

Despite receiving more than 1,200 visitors per year, the facility is unstaffed; it is administered by the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama.

Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge

1,060 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in northwestern Alabama, along the Tennessee River downstream from Florence, Alabama.

Key Cave NWR
Map of Key Cave NWR
Alabama cavefish

The facility is unstaffed, but is administered by the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama.

Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge

264 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in northeastern Alabama, near the Sauty Creek embayment of Guntersville Lake.

Entrance to Sauta Cave
Map of Sauta Cave NWR
Sauta Cave NWR

The facility is unstaffed, but is administered by the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama.

North Alabama Birding Trail

Wildlife trail that is not a really a "trail", but a series of sites that have been chosen for their great birdwatching opportunities.

A group birdwatching with binoculars and a telescope

The trail was funded by a US$280,000 federal matching grant with US$210,000 provided by the federal government and US$70,000 of matching funds from the chambers of commerce or convention and visitors bureaus of the thirteen counties, the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and several corporate sponsors.

Parks and Greenways in Huntsville

An extensive collection of parks and greenways exists in Huntsville, Alabama for the public's recreational use.

Big Spring Park in Downtown

Barren Fork / Miller Branch - Southwest Huntsville near Huntsville International Airport that will connect Martin Road with Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Flint Creek (Alabama)

Major tributary along the Tennessee River that runs in the US state of Alabama for its entire length.

Its headwaters are in northern Cullman County, and after running through Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, it ends in the Tennessee River at Decatur.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Warden's Residence

House in Triana, Alabama.

The house in February 2012

It was built in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps to serve as the residence of the warden of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.