Description - Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge lies along 23.5 miles of the Hatchie Scenic River, the last unchannelized river of its type in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.
- Hatchie NWR maintains limited facilities. For more information contact the Refuge.
Recreation - This refuge offers sportfishing during spring and fall and hunting of squirrel, raccoon and deer, during fall. Waterfowl hunting is permitted during winter and wild turkey hunting occurs during spring. Wildlife observation opportunities are available year-round. Some portions of the refuge are closed from November 15 through March 15 each year for waterfowl sanctuary.
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. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. 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.
The refuge is located four miles south of the community of Brownsville, Tennessee, in the southwestern corner of the state. It lies on Tennessee State Highway 76, accessible from Exit 56 of Interstate 40, fifty miles east of Memphis.