34,500 Acres of Natural Splendor

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge encompasses 34,500-acres of naturally preserved woodlands offering a unique opportunity to experience wildlife in its natural habitat. Established in 1938 as an experimental home for waterfowl, the Givens Wildlife Interpretive Center serves as the welcome center for the refuge.

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge is also one of the South’s largest educational centers for waterfowl and wildlife study. The center features a large glass enclosed observatory and is open to self-guided tours with displays, pamphlets and wildlife films. The interpretive theme explains the importance of the area, the waterfowl and the wildlife resources.

Around Morgan County

Located at Highway 67, Decatur. The Givens Center is open free to the public daily October thru February from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and March thru September, Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 256-350-6639.


Nearby Points of Interest

Big Bob Gibson BBQ

Located approximately 2.7 miles from Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Five generations of pitmasters & over 90 years of barbecuing, they’ve earned 15 World BBQ Championships (Pork, Brisket, Ribs, Chicken) and 5 Memphis in May World BBQ Grand Championships.

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Hiking & Biking

With hiking/biking trails that crisscross through the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Center and Point Mallard, Decatur-Morgan County has many options for visitors who want to experience the natural settings first-hand.

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A Perfect Day in Decatur

A perfect day in Decatur should definitely begin with a hot cup of coffee and end with a walk in the park.

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City Cafe

Located approximately 4.39 miles from Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

We love fresh food, flavorful food, food that’s in season, and food that’s distinct.

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