Whites Mill Refuge
Site Directions: From the intersection of TN 321 and S Washington St at Maryville College, continue east 0.6 miles. At the light at the bottom of the hill turn right on Tuckaleechee Pike.
Continue 3 mi and turn right on Whites Mill Rd. After 1.6 miles Whites Mill Rd turns to the right. Follow this 0.4 miles to the bottom. The refuge is on the left before you cross the bridge. There is a pull-off on the right or room for 1 or 2 cars at the entrance.
Don't block the gate.
Lat-Long: 35.73429, -83.88277
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: Closed to all activity from Nov. 15 to the last day of the youth waterfowl season, except legal hunters on Saturdays.
Site Description: Whites Mill refuge a 53-acre wetland area and one of the first MARSH projects in East Tennessee cooperating with Ducks Unlimited.
This area was first in region 4 to open to youth waterfowl hunters every Saturday during the late waterfowl season. Each youth 6-16 may hunt if accompanied by an adult who may also hunt. When opened to youth hunting it was the only public hunting area for waterfowl in region 4.
Wildlife to Watch: Marsh birds predominate: Breeders likely include Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Screech-Owl, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Indigo Buntings. Transients noted include American Bittern, Sedge Wren, and Prairie Warbler.
The habitat looks promising for Sora, Virginia Rail, and Willow Flycatcher. Many species of amphibians have been seen and heard.
NOTE: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.