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Yuchi Refuge

Wildlife Viewing Area
Habitat at Yuchi Refuge – Scott Somershoe

Smith Bend/Yuchi Refuge is a unique 2,500-acre tract on the Tennessee River, with three miles of riverfront, 1,000 acres of wetland and 1,500 acres of upland forest. Paved roads pass through the refuge. Extensive grasslands provide ample habitat for shrubland and grassland birds.

The Bend is home to almost every species of wildlife native to the region. It is especially important for Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl. Swamp, Song, and White-throated Sparrows are common in winter. Though this site does not offer the same breathtaking overlooks and natural features that the Cumberland Plateau is known for, it is home to some of the very best opportunities to see a wide array of birds and butterflies. This site is also home to several unique habitats not found elsewhere on the trail, such as cedar glades and prairie grasslands. This site is a must for bird, wildflower and butterfly enthusiasts.

Northern Bobwhite may be seen on the roads occasionally.

From Crossville, take 127/68 toward Spring City. Turn at Hwy 68 toward Sweetwater. Go three miles and turn right onto Hwy 302. Go 4.5 miles and turn left on Breedington Ferry Rd at Bogels Chapel. At the split in the road, Bogles Chapel Rd goes to the right and heads towards the observation tower and the river.

From Dayton, take Hwy 30E toward Decatur. Turn left on Hwy 302. Go 4.1 miles and turn right on Breedington Ferry Road at Bogles Chapel. Follow Breedington Ferry Road to intersection and turn right at intersection. Checking station is two to three miles on left at Old Bogles Chapel Church.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Winter months are the best time to see the Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl.

Best Time for Viewing

Early mornings are usually the best time for viewing bird activity.