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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Turkey Creek at the falls
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Located just 15 miles north of urban Birmingham in Pinson, Alabama, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve protects some of the most stunning beauty in the Southeast. The 466-acre preserve was established through a partnership between the state's Forever Wild Program and the Freshwater Land Trust and is co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College.Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

The rich history of the preserve dates back to prehistoric Native American inhabitants. The land at TCNP played a key role in the early days of Alabama's industrial history; David Hanby and his family ran a grist mill and small iron forge on the banks of Turkey Creek.

Today, the preserve contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the region. The waters of the creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermillion Darter (which lives only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world), the Watercress Darter, and the Rush Darter. As well as a safe haven for wildlife, TCNP provides recreational opportunities for the general public and hands-on environmental education for young people, with programs about aquatic ecology, water quality, American history, and more. More than 100,000 visitors enjoy TCNP each year.

Turkey Creek offers:

See a printable brochure about the TCNP here.

Hours and Directions

Hours:The blue hole at Turkey Creek
TCNP is open Wednesday-Sunday the following hours: 
8 a.m.-4 p.m. November-March
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March-November
Pedestrian only hours: Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Find us at:
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
3906 Turkey Creek Road
Pinson, AL 35126

Charles Yeager
Turkey Creek Preserve Manager
Phone- (205) 680-4116

From downtown Birmingham:
Take 1-20 E/1-59 N
Take the Tallapoosa Street exit/#128
Merge onto AL-79 N/Tallapoosa Street
Continue on AL-79 N for 11.9 miles
Turn left on Narrows Road at the intersection of AL-79 and AL-151
Turn right onto Turkey Creek Road

From Huntsville:
Take US-231 S for approximately 60 miles to AL-79 S
Continue on AL-79 S for 23.5 miles
Turn right onto Narrows Road at the intersection of AL-79 and AL-151
Turn right onto Turkey Creek Road

The Vermilion darter