Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge | Tennessee Vacation

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

545 Priddy Ln.
Birchwood, TN 37308

Wildlife viewing and nature walks available. Hiwassee Refuge is closed from Nov. 1-Feb. 28, except at designated viewing areas.

Birchwood, Tennessee, in Meigs County is the home of the Hiwassee Refuge, a favorite stop each fall and late winter for over 50,000 migrating sandhill cranes. These birds make the Hiwassee Refuge their stop from nesting grounds in the north to wintering spots in Florida and Georgia. This is certainly a magnificent sight and a must-see for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

Sandhill cranes share the refuge with whooping cranes, egrets, great blue heron, double-crested cormorants, bald and golden eagles, and other waterfowl and songbirds.

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