Flint Creek Trail

The Flint Creek Trail is a wooded trail located Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. The trail begins from a parking lot located across the road from the visitor center and cross a small body of water on a boardwalk. The trail continues through a wooded area to another smaller bridge before coming to the first split. In order to hike the longest possible trail combination, continue straight. The trail is level and mostly dirt and sand. Coming to the second intersection, again continue straight. A this intersection there is an old wooden shelter to your right. You will soon reach the third intersection which begins the outer loop. The trail passes through hardwood forests as well as a swampy area. During my hike, I came upon a four deer eating lunch on a small grassy knoll. I was able to observe them several minutes before they slowly moved off into the thick woods. Birds chirped loudly as I rounded the farthest point of the hike a break in the woods. At this spot you can enjoy a view of the waterway, just watch out of snakes that call the spot home as well.

The trail turns back south and continues through the woods and then intersects itself. Turning right (west), continue along the previously trekked path until you meet up with the intersection at the old structure. Turning right, back northwards, the trail continues through the woods. A unique tree can be seen at the halfway point of the loop. It appears to be three trees which grew off the top of a fallen tree. A neat photo spot along the path. As you continue walking, you will slowly turn back south and back towards the smaller wooden bridge. At the trails intersection, turn right to return to the parking lot.

Throughout the hike, bird calls were numerous, even during the hot summer month. The walk was peaceful, the path soft, and the trail completely level. This is a great hike for the entire family and offers a relaxing view into nature. You may even see your own herd of deer during your trek.



Trek Map & Elevations

Statistics

GPS
34.553158 / -86.945899
Length
1.25 mi/ 0.5 hrs Loop
Rating
Difficulty
Activities

Park

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge 3121 Visitor Center Road Decatur AL 35603
Admission Free

Directions

Take highway 67 towards Decatur off I-65. The parking lot is 2.5 miles from I-65 on the right of the highway.

Trail added on July 9, 2016
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