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Conasauga River
The Conasauga River Viewing Site in Cherokee National Forest is a place designated for wildlife viewing by snorkeling. <br><br> The headwaters of the Conasauga River flow down the steep, forested slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Georgia. The cool, clean water descends into Tenne...
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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Description: 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 managed as a resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl. The refuge also provides habitat for numerous resident wildlife species and other migratory birds.

Wildlife to Watch: The diversity of habitats found on Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge provide ample feeding, nesting and resting areas for 301 bird species, 51 types of mammals, 89 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 144 species of fish. A hotspot for fish diversity, this refuge boasts greater fish species diversity than any other inland national wildlife refuge in the country.

A photo/observation deck is located near the entrance to the Duck River "Bottoms" area. A variety of wildlife can be observed in this area, including waterfowl in the fall and winter, shorebirds and wading birds in spring and fall, and other wildlife throughout the year. An observation deck equipped with mounted spotting scopes is available for viewing a variety of wildlife at the V.L. Childs Overlook located at the Big Sandy Unit off Swamp Creek Road. In many areas, you will find that your vehicle can be the best "blind."

Special Tips: A 2.5 mile hiking trail is located at our Big Sandy Unit near the V.L. Childs Overlook at the end of Britton Ford peninsula. This trail traverses a mix of bottomland hardwoods, high quality oak/hickory forest and overlooks scenic Kentucky Lake.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 51,000 acres 
Closest Town: Paris

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

American Black Duck - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Refuge Headquarters Office is located on the east side of Paris, Tennessee, just off Highway 79 North, at 3006 Dinkins Lane.

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Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area