The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve was established through a partnership between Alabama’s Forever Wild and the Freshwater Land Trust and co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center. Turkey Creek, running through the the heart of the preserve, is a tributary of Locust Fork. Sedimentation from up stream development has had a major impact on the ecosystem of the creek and its diverse wildlife. Several prehistoric Native American sites have been documented in addition to the Mount Pinson Ironworks, a small forge and foundry built in 1863. The Preserve is open to visitors, school groups, and scout troops with hands-on education programming, hiking, birding, fishing, and swimming. The preserve contains one of the most biologically diverse habitats in central Alabama and is home to three endangered aquatic species: the Vermillion Darter, the Watercross Darter, and the Rush Darter. Park hours vary.