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Point Mallard Park
, on Point Mallard Drive, offers a 3 mile (round-trip) gravel hiking/biking trail along the banks of the Tennessee River and Flint Creek.  Benches are located along scenic points.  The trail is open daylight hours, daily.
The Wheeler Refuge, which stretches for 20 miles along the Tennessee River, includes six public boat ramps, 112 miles of gravel roads and a series of hiking trails running through three countries.
The four major trails in the refuge are the Cypress Pond Trail, the Environmental Study Area, Dancy Bottom Woodland Trail and Beaver Dam Creek Swamp.  Boardwalks and rest areas have been added to the trails to make them more convenient to hikers. 
Beaver Dam Creek Swamp is a national landmark with its bottle-shaped Tupelo Gum trees, an aquatic tree.  The trail is approximately a half-mile in length.
The compressed needled Cypress tree is proudly displayed on the Cypress Pond's half-mile trail.
There are two trails located at the Environmental Study Area. One trail is a half-mile, the other a mile long.  It is a bottom-land, hardwood-type forest.
Dancy Bottom Woodland Trail is a one-way trail with boardwalks, rest areas and gravel trails.  It is two miles long and has a bridge and an active beaver dam.
For additional information on facilities and activities at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge contact the Givens Wildlife Interpretive Center, P.O. Box 1654, Decatur, Al 35602, or call (256) 350-6639.
The Bankhead National Forest, nearby in Lawrence & Winston Counties, offers four recreation areas with hiking and/or biking trails.  Clear Creek Rec Area is found off Co. Road 27 in southern Winston County, Brushy Lake Rec Area is in Lawrence County on FS 262, Houston Rec Area is on FS 118 in Winston County, and Natural Bridge Rec Area is off U.S. Hwy 278 west of the town of Addison.  All sites are open year round.
For additional information on recreation areas in Bankhead National Forest, call (205) 832-4470.