Kyker Bottoms Refuge is a 350-acre area in southern Blount County owned and managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. It lies along Nine Mile Creek a few miles west of Tellico Lake and features fields, wetlands, and thickets managed primarily for small game and waterfowl.
For the birdwatcher, Kyker is one of the best places in the East Tennessee area from fall through spring for a large variety of hawks, sparrows, and, depending on water conditions, waterfowl and shorebirds. Rare birds recorded at Kyker include Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, LeConte's Sparrow, Brewer's Blackbird.
Kyker Bottoms Refuge is closed to all entry from November 1 through February 14. During this period, use of the hilltop observation platform and parking areas along Garland Road is allowed. Many birds can be seen and heard from these locations, making for an easy birding trip for those with mobility limitations.
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