Description - Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is in Stewart County, Tennessee on the Cumberland River/Lake Barkley Project. The Refuge was established in 1962 primarily for waterfowl management.
The 8,900 acre refuge supports more than 650 species of plants and 480 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The refuge typically winters 60,000 to 80,000 ducks and 15,000 to 30,000 Canada geese.
Cross Creeks NWR has a myriad of habitat types: upland forest, bottomland hardwoods, grasslands, seasonal flooded impoundments, river, creeks, and karst/cave formations.
- The facilities at Cross Creeks NWR include a visitor center, auto tour route, walking trail, launching ramps and interpretive kiosk. Visitors should go to the information center upon entering the preserve. A knowledgeable staff is on hand there to answer questions and provide information about the plants and animals that grow and live in the refuge.
Recreation - This park offers sportfishing, hunting (squirrel, white-tailed deer), photography,
wildlife observations and environmental education opportunities.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.
This preserve lies along the banks of the Cumberland River in northwestern Tennessee, approximately two miles east of the community of Dover. It is accessible from Tennessee State Highway 49.