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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » Middle Tennessee
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Tennessee NWR - Busseltown Unit

Site Directions: Approximately 9 miles northeast of Parsons, in the counties of Decatur and Perry, Tennessee.
Lat: 35.67506°N Long: -88.02939°W
Hours: day light hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none

Site Description: The Busseltown Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge primarily consists of bottomlands and adjacent waters of Kentucky Lake. Most of the open areas (approximately 700 acres) are managed for waterfowl using cooperative farming programs where local farmers plant the fields in row crops and the rent is a portion of the crop that is left standing in the fields. The crops left for waterfowl are corn, millet, and winter wheat. Some woody wetlands exist within the bottoms and along Cub Creek.

Wildlife to Watch: Winter waterfowl is the main attraction at this unit, especially for Mallard, Gadwall, American Black Duck, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck. Bald Eagles are also seen at this unit regularly in winter.

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 site description

The Tennessee NWR's


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