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Gallatin Steam Plant

Site Directions: The Gallatin Steam Plant is closed for viewing.  

Formerly birders could readily access this area.

The address is 1499 Steam Plant Rd, Gallatin, TN 37066

Lat-Long: 36.3154, -86.4011

Hours: Daylight hours - *advanced permission is required.

Seasonality: None - do not enter

Fees: None

Site Description: 
Gallatin TVA Fossil Plant is located in middle Tennessee on the north bank of a bend in the Cumberland River.  The plant has approximately 1.5 square miles of coal ash settling ponds and woodlands.

Part of this property is designated a wildlife management area. Permission to enter the property is almost non-existent. You can try contacting the plant manager's office.

Wildlife to Watch: The site has historically been good for shorebirds during migration, waterfowl during the winter, and wading birds in the summer.  More recently numbers of shorebirds have been decreased due to habitat changes, but a good variety can be found with persistence.

Other notable recent observations include Piping Plover, Common Moorhen, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

Black Terns and Caspian Terns have been observed in the summer and Bald Eagles in the fall/winter.

Martins and swallows mass up on the power lines during late summer afternoons, when hundreds of waders and cormorants fly in to roost in the dead cypress trees.

Wooded areas are worth checking in spring and fall for migrant songbirds.

The habitat at this site may undergo further changes as TVA transitions from wet ash storage to dry ash storage, with possible loss of mudflats favored by shorebirds.

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

Gallatin TVA Fossil Plant