Murfree Spring Wetlands at the Discovery Center
Site Directions: From Broad Street in Murfreesboro, the entrance to the Discovery Center wetlands is on the southwest side of the road about 0.3 mile south of the intersection of Hwy 231 and Broad Street, at an intersection with S Maney Rd.
Hours: day light hours. The gate at the entrance opens about dawn daily. The trail through the wetlands is open whenever the gate to the parking lot is open. The Discovery Center is open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
Seasonality: year round
Fees: no fee for walking the wetlands trails, but there is a fee for the Discovery Center.
Site Description: From the parking lot, a short trail goes along the wetlands and alongside the Discovery Center. The main boardwalk and trails go away from the Discovery Center and pass a small playground and restroom facility.
The trails travel through flooded willow swamps, mature hardwoods, and open water wetlands that provide for a wide variety of species to be found. Spring and fall songbird migration can be excellent.
Wildlife to Watch: Wood Ducks are common and breed in the wetlands. In spring and fall, most warblers and vireos may be found. In spring, Connecticut Warbler and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers may be found along with Northern Parula, Wilson’s, Blackpoll, and Chestnut-sided Warblers, while American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, Tennessee Warblers are common in fall. Yellow Warblers and Yellow-crowned Night-herons breed here as well. Look closely through the wetlands and woods to spot a night-heron. Occasionally a Sora or a Virginia Rail are present. Swainson’s and Gray-cheeked Thrush and Veery may be found in migration as well, along with Hermit Thrush in winter and migration.
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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.