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Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

Site Directions: Refuge Headquarters are located approximately 15 miles southwest of Union City Tennessee.  From Union City take highway 22 north approximately 15 miles, turn right on highway 157, refuge headquarters is located exactly 1 mile on left.

The main part of the refuge can be accessed by taking a side road to the left that intersects Highway 157 about a mile past the refuge headquarters buildings.

To Long Point Unit: From Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, take TN Highway 157 north to the Kentucky line (road changes to KY Highway 311 at this point).

Turn left about 3 miles past the state line onto KY Highway 1282 and go about 3 miles to access Long Point Road located on the south side of Highway 1282. Follow this road into the refuge.

Lat-Long: 36.452106, -89.30019, Headquarters

Lat-Long: 36.466835,-89.318603, Walnut Log Rd access 

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: year round

Fees: none

Site Description: The area contains a mix of bottomland hardwood, cypress swamp, marsh, cropland and open water habitats.

A wildlife drive, hiking trails, and an observation platform (on Long Point Rd) provide easy access to sites where a wide variety of birds may be observed.  The area contains a mix of farmland, bottomland hardwood forest, cypress swamp, and marshland habitats.

Walnut Log Road, accessed past the headquarters, provides a 2+mile long road through bottomland forests and ends at an observation platform over the lake. There is also a 0.5 mile long boardwalk that loops through the forest, but comes out further down the paved road, so you can walk the road back to your vehicle. Mosquitoes can be terrible!

Wildlife to Watch:  The Grassy Island Unit is noted as one of the best areas around Reelfoot Lake for viewing warblers in the spring and fall.

Also, owls may frequently be seen and heard.  Long Point Unit provides better access for viewing the abundance of waterfowl in winter.

Several pairs of Bald Eagles nest around Reelfoot Lake and can be seen year round, which greater numbers in winter.

Walnut Log Road is well known for migrant warblers, vireos, and flycatchers.

Least and yellow-bellied flycatchers are possible in May.  Look for Mississippi Kites, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (in the woods), a possible Anhinga, among other waterbirds.

Cerulean and Swainson's Warblers nest along this road.

This location is just passed the homes on Walnut Log Rd. Lat-Long: 36.466835,-89.318603.  There are a couple parking areas along the way to the boardwalk/overlook.

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

TWRA WMA Rules and Regulations

Tennessee Hunting Guide

Tennessee Fishing Guide

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Reelfoot NWR

Reelfoot State Park

Reelfoot Lake Class I Scenic-Recreational State Natural Area web page

Tennessee Ornithological Society - Important Bird Area web page