Alabama Nature Centers and Preserves

Alabama Nature Centers and Preserves


Biophilia Nature Center
South Alabama
website, 20 acres of swamp, pitcher plant bog, forests and wildflower meadows, native plant nursery

Hays Nature Preserve
North Alabama
website, over 10 miles of trails, education center, natural playground

Gatra Wehle Nature Center at Historic Blakeley State Park
Spanish Fort
South Alabama
1,400 acres. operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, conservation and environmental educational exhibits about the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta

Huntsville Botanical Garden
North Alabama
112 acres, nature center overlooks the lake and is open May through September, features butterfly house

Louise Krehler Forest Ecology Preserve
Central Alabama
website, 120 acres, an outreach program of the Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

Oak Mountain State Park
Central Alabama
9,940 acres, includes the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and the Alabama Wildlife Center

Robert G. Wehle Nature Center
Central Alabama
website, 25 acres, operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Central Alabama
1,011 acres with 12 miles of trails

Southern Environmental Center
Central Alabama
Located on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, environmental education museum and 4 acre ecoscape

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
South Alabama
Over 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) of tidal and forested wetlands within the greater Mobile Bayestuarine system, interpretive center features live and preserved native animals, education programs

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
North Alabama
35,000 acres, visitor center exhibits about area wildlife and habitats, wildlife observation building

Wikipedia contributors, “List of nature centers in Alabama,”  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed December 18, 2014).

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Alabama Wildlife Management Areas:

Alabama Wildlife Management Areas:

Autauga County Community Hunting Area
Barbour County Wildlife Management Area
Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area
Blue Spring Wildlife Management Area
Frank W & Rob M Boykin Wildlife Management Area
Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area
Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area
Coosa Wildlife Management Area
Covington Wildlife Management Area
Demopolis Wildlife Management Area
Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area
Hollins Wildlife Management Area
Jackson County Waterfowl Management Areas and Refuge
Kinterbish Wildlife Management Area
Lauderdale Wildlife Management Area
Little River Wildlife Management Area
Lowndes Wildlife Management Area
James D Martin-Skyline Wildlife Management Area
Mobile-Tensaw Delta-W L Holland Wildlife Management Area
Mulberry Fork Wildlife Management Area
Sam R Murphy Wildlife Management Area
Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area
Perdido River Wildlife Management Area
Riverton Community Hunting Area
Gaillard Island Bird Habitat
Scotch Wildlife Management Area
Seven Mile Island Wildlife Management Area
St. Clair Community Hunting Area
Swan Creek-Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area
Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area
Wolf Creek Wildlife Management Area

Alabama Nature Preserves:

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge
Desoto Falls
Dismals Canyon
Weeks Bay
Walls of Jericho
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge
Alabama Nature Center
Buck’s Pocket State Park
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sancturary
Madison County Nature Trail-Green Mountain
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Autauga Creek Canoe Trail
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve


Cane Creek Nature Preserve is in Colbert County Alabama just outside of Russellville Alabama. Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tuscumbia, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 

Privately owned scenic natural area open to the public at no charge. A cooperative project with The Nature Conservancy of Alabama. Video by Yankabilly
“This is a short video of Cane Creek Canyon in Alabama.It is a hiking & waterfalls adventures.With over 4 + miles of hiking trails all for free.There is camp sites, restrooms & they put out water for you to drink.It has a 60 foot double drop waterfall.”

Alabama Biking Trails

Wade Mountain Nature Preserve

Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is currently 843 acres with eight miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Wade Mountain is currently the only Land Trust Preserve which allows equestrian trail riding.

Folklore claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.

Lauderdale Wildlife Management Area

Lauderdale Wildlife Management Area



The Lauderdale Wildlife Management Area is an Alabama Wildlife Management Area (WMA) operated by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Lauderdale County, Alabama near Waterloo, Alabama. Waterloo, Alabama Facebook page.  


Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge consists of 6,700 acres of wildlife habitat lying directly west of Gulf Shores, Alabama on the Fort Morgan peninsula of south Alabama. The refuge was established by congress in 1980 to serve habitat for non-game birds migrating south in the fall and north in the spring. The migration paths from Bon Secour lead south to lower Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. ALABAMA NATURE PRESERVE MAIN PAGE