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Paddler’s Paradise: Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Flint Creek Canoe Trail

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Paddler’s Paradise: Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Flint Creek Canoe Trail


Bodies of Water to Explore

Flint Creek, Tennessee River

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Skill Level

Paddles: 1 – no skill, desire to learn; 2 – moderate, knowledge needed; 3 – advanced, know what’s up


1.5 miles Paddling from Ramp to Ramp

Trip Duration

1 Day

Recommended Put In & Take Out
  • Put In (recommended): Flint Creek Casual Ramp, 34.553668, -86.945956
  • Take Out (recommended): Osprey Point Ramp, 34.544902, -86.931408
Outfitters Nearby

Morgan County Fire and Rescue

  • These are the folks looking out for the safety of people in Morgan County out on the water and in the community. Their outfitter services benefit the Morgan County Fire & Rescue squad.

Trip Summary

Embark on a family-friendly water and wildlife adventure along the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Flint Creek Canoe Trail. Beginning at the Flint Creek Casual Ramp and concluding at the serene Osprey Point, this journey invites you to explore the natural wonders just outside the Huntsville metro area. Immerse yourself in the vibrant beauty of Flint Creek, where paddling is complemented by the opportunity to spot diverse wildlife. Take a break from the water and venture into the refuge to hike its scenic trails, connecting with nature in this peaceful haven. Discover the charm of downtown areas, consider camping at Point Mallard for an immersive experience, and remember, there are no fires or camping allowed inside Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. This trip is designed for families seeking a delightful blend of outdoor exploration and wildlife encounters.

Trail Highlights

Day 1

  • Stop 1: Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
    • Start your journey with valuable information about the paddling trail and the diverse wildlife of the area. Check Wheeler Wildlife Refuge for seasonal wildlife updates.
  • Stop 2: Flint Creek Casual Ramp
  • Stop 3: Keep an eye out for diverse wildlife, including birds and fish.
    • Spotting Wildlife Along the Way:
      • Summer: Experience the vibrant activity of the creek, with a chance to spot turtles and other aquatic life. (See fishing option below under Bonus Sightings)
      • Fall: Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and spot various bird species. (Return in winter for the Sandhill Crane Festival)
  • Stop 4: Osprey Point

Side Ventures & Optional Activities to Add to Your Trip

Bonus Sightings

Non-Paddler Recommendations

Tagging along while your family paddles? Explore top attractions in the area on the AL Tourism Website.

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