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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » West Tennessee
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Lower Hatchie NWR
Approximately 18 miles SW of Hening, TN near the mouth of the Hatchie River, Lauderdale County, TN
(P) 731-738-2296
(F) 731-286-0468
Site Directions: Take TN Highway 87 west from Henning, TN almost to its end (about 18 miles). Look for a refuge sign on the south side of the highway and follow the road at the sign into the refuge.

Lat-Long: 35.611107,-89.884538, Headquarters
Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: year round
Fees: none
Landmarks: Fort Pillow State Historic Park is located nearby.


Site Description:
The site contains a variety of forested and non-forested habitats and impressive access to Mississippi River riverfront and sandbar habitats. There are 5280 acres of bottomland hardwood forests, 922 acres of upland forests, 1278 acres of croplands, 665 acres of grasslands, and 887 acres of marsh. A boat launch provides access into a floodplain lake surrounded by tupelo gum trees.

Wildlife to Watch:
Concentrations of shorebirds and wading birds may be observed. Waterfowl are abundant in winter, but a spotting scope is recommended. Forested areas contain a wide variety of species and area grasslands provide opportunities to observe grassland species not seen elsewhere. Endangered Least Terns can be seen in summer nesting on sand bars. Swallows congregate in large numbers in July and August.

NOTE: Please refer to Refuge personnel about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.

For more information:
Tennessee Ornithological Society – Audubon Important Bird Area web page

US Fish and Wildlife Service web page


Submit your data to eBird and help us build a list of birds seen at this site


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