Lytle Creek Road area, Murfreesboro
Site Directions: From I-24, take exit 84, Joe B Jackson Pkwy, east to a “T” at Hwy 41. Turn left onto Hwy 41 and travel 0.9 miles and make a right on Dilton Mankin Rd. In 1.7 miles, cross a bridge over a creek and make a right onto Wilson Overall Rd. In another 0.7 miles, turn right onto Lytle Creek Rd.
Lat-Long: 35.786279, -86.314774 (north end of Lytle Creek Rd)
Seasonality: year round, however spring and summer (primarily April and May) are best.
Site Description: Lytle Creek Rd is the best place east of the Mississippi River to find eastern Bewick’s Wrens. Lytle Creek Rd is all private land, so be respectful of home and land owners. There is little traffic on this road, but be careful!
Detailed directions: The intersection of Wilson Overall Rd and Lytle Creek Rd (35.786279, -86.314774) is a long time location for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. A pair frequents this intersection and the fences along Lytle Creek annually from mid-April through the summer and likely into early fall.
Drive slow along Lytle Creek Rd and at the 3rd 90 degree turn (this one is to the left), go straight onto Couch Rd. Along this deadend road is one of the few places to find Loggerhead Shrikes in the county. Red-headed Woodpeckers are sometimes found here as well. Up to 2 pairs of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have been found here as well.
From the 4th 90 degree turn on Lytle Creek Rd and on up the “hill”, drive slow and listen for Bewick’s Wrens. At the top of the “hill” is a couple homes with several outbuildings, which is where a pair of Bewick’s Wrens have nested for several years and is one of very few semi-reliable places to find the species east of the Mississippi river.
Wildlife to Watch: Lytle Creek Rd is the best place east of the Mississippi River to find eastern Bewick’s Wrens.
We also get a couple pairs of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers along the road, along with Grasshopper Sparrows, Blue Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbirds, Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks, American Kestrels, and Loggerhead Shrikes.
NOTE: Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.