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Audubon Island

Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary

ADA Accessibility Notes

Audubon Island is not ADA accessible.

Audubon or Maclellan Island, is an 18-acre oasis of green in the middle of the Tennessee River in the revitalized downtown area. This island is a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden with primitive trails. Veterans Bridge crosses over the downstream third of the Island. Prior to 1954, the Island was farmed. The vegetation on the island is comprised of hardwood trees, many species of vines, a colony of river cane, and some wildflowers. At the upstream end of the island is a Great Blue Heron rookery. A unique feature of the Island is the existence of a rain shadow desert, the result of Veterans Bridge crossing the Island.

How to Get There

Veteran's Bridge runs over the island, not down to it. All access is by water only. Transportation is available through Blue Heaven River Tours or by personal paddle craft.

Pet Friendly Notes

Audubon Island is a wildlife sanctuary, and pets are not permitted.

Recreational Opportunities

A 1.5 mile loop trail encircles the island and a primitive campsite (part of the Tennessee River Blueway) is on the north side of the island near the upstream end. Camping is by reservation only (see our website for reservations) and hikers need to purchase a day use permit before visiting.


Seasons Accessible

Audubon Island is open year-round, unless river flow makes access impossible.

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