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Hop-in Refuge

Birding Seasons:
Spring B
Summer C
Fall B
Winter A+

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Site Description and Habitats

This site has cultivated fields in the summer with crops and flooded in the winter for waterfowl. The atttraction for this area is waterfowl and cranes in winter.

Bird species of interest:

Spring and Fall Migration: Typical spring and fall passerine migrants including Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler, Eastern Kingbird, among others.

Summer: Prothonotary Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood Pewee, Mississippi Kite, Broad-winged Hawk

Winter: Large number of waterfowl and largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in West Tennessee.

Year-Round: Resident woodland birds such as Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawk

Rarities Seen at this Site: Long-eared Owls used to roost in pine trees here at winter.

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Detailed directions for birding Hop-in Refuge
From Kenton in Obion County, take Hwy 89 east until the road passes over the Obion River. At the sharp bend to the right (east), make a left on Old Kenton Rd and then a left on McRight Rd that provides access to the refuge.

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Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Hop-in Refuge: 36.2511, -88.97809

Fees and Hours
Open during daylight hours, however the refuge is closed to all forms of trespass from 15 November through the last day of February. Viewing can be done from the road and the gravel lot by the gate.

For tips for safely watching wildlife during hunting seasons and year round please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates.

There are no restroom facilities or designated birding observation areas.

TWRA Region I office,
200 Lowell Thomas Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
800-372-3928; 731-423-5725

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site