Penny Bottoms Road

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OPEN February 10 - May 31 and October 01 - October 14

Penny Bottoms Road is a two-way, dead-end trail located on the north side of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The smooth, gravel trail begins where Skinner Springs Road ends. At the end of Penny Bottoms Road is a permanently locked gate, but a short walk past the gate reveals a small dam with amazing water views on both sides. Since there is no motorized traffic and almost no foot traffic, this area is teeming with wildlife, including flocks of cranes.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a 35,000-acre wildlife refuge located along the Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge, established in 1938 to provide a habitat for migrating and wintering birds.

It is essential to stay on the gravel trail or risk losing access to this beautiful area. This trail is only open a few weeks a year.