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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, encompassing more than 51,000 acres, is located on Kentucky Lake in northwest Tennessee. The refuge's three units, Big Sandy, Duck River, and Busseltown, stretch 65 miles alongside the Tennessee River. Since its establishment in 1945, the refuge has been manage...
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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Established August 5, 1985, Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain along the Chickasaw Bluff in western Tennessee. Chickasaw NWR currently encompasses 25,006 acres and includes the largest block of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee.

Wildlife to Watch: Chickasaw NWR and adjacent lands are known to be important wintering and stop-over areas for a large portion of the Mississippi Flyway mallard population. Under optimum conditions, peak waterfowl numbers may exceed 250,000 including black ducks, gadwall, pintail, teal, wigeon, wood duck, ring-necked duck, and hooded merganser.

Several primitive hiking trails are located throughout the refuge and provide access to the unique bottomland habitats found on the area. Seasonal flooding may make these trails inaccesible; visitors should contact the refuge office for current conditions.

Special Tips: Waterfowl sanctuary is closed from November 15-March 15

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 25,006 acres 
Closest Town: Ripley

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingHikingHuntingDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFall

Hooded Merganser - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Ripley and Highway 51, proceed approximately 6 miles north on Edith-Central Road (becomes Edith-Nankipoo after passing through 4-way stop at Edith). Turn left on Hobe Webb road and proceed approximately 1.5 miles to first road on the right. Turn right on Sand Bluff Road and proceed to the bottom of bluff. Refuge headquarters will be on the left.

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Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area