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Horns Bluff Refuge

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Site Description and Habitats

The 1,790 acres of the refuge are comprised of primarily early successional forest, agricultural land, and bottomland forests. An observation tower provides a high level view of fields, forests, and swamp. You can walk the roads and any part of the refuge and explore the woods and fields.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Many warblers including Prothonotary, Hooded, American Redstart, and Black-throated Green and more common vireos such as Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated, plus Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, among thrushes and other numerous species.

Summer: Prothonotary Warbler, Wood Duck, Great Egret,

Winter: Northern Harrier, Field, Song, White-throated, maybe White-crowned, and Swamp Sparrows and Dark-eyed Junco, waterfowl including Wood Duck, Mallards, among others

Year-Round: Resident species such as Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee,

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
White-tailed Deer are often seen in the area.

Detailed directions for birding Horns Bluff Refuge

From Hwy 412 in Crockett County, go east on Hwy 152 for 5.2 miles to sign for Horns Bluff Refuge. Turn left after sign on Raleigh Road and turn left in 150 yards onto Horns Bluff Road. Follow into Observation Area where you find a parking lot and gravel roads. Explore roads and trails at will!

Horn's Bluff Refuge Map

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking Lot: 35.85196, -89.09585

Fees and Hours
Open all year for designated observation areas; however part of refuge is closed 15 Nov through last day of February. There are no fees associated with this site.

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.

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