Location: Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Stewart County, TN, Lake Barkely/Cumberland River
Access: Put in/take out located at boat ramp off Bellwood Landing Road. From Highway 79 N, turn onto Old Hwy 79 just next to Gray’s Garage. At 3 miles turn right onto Bellwood Hollow Road. At 1.5 miles, turn right onto Bellwood Landing Road (see Cross Creeks NWR sign at intersection) The Bellwood Landing Boat Ramp is located at approximately .5 mile.
Restrictions: This refuge is closed seasonally from Nov. 15th to Mar. 15th
Time Allotment: 3.5 hours +
Scenic Area: Paddlers can explore the small Bellwood bay, but by going out to the Cumberland River and going a short distance to the left, the much larger Cub Creek can be explored.
• The Bellwood bay is small, but has some nooks and crannies to explore.
• The historic Bellwood Furnace can be seen near the access point.
• Cub Creek is larger with more fields and forests to view wildlife, but must be accessed by paddling a short distance along the north shore of the Cumberland River.
• Bring snacks, water, bug repellent, and binoculars
Hazards: Cub Creek Bay can be accessed by going a short distance upstream along the north shore of the Cumberland River. However be wary of barges that run along the Cumberland and can be quite stealthy. Also, when the water is up the current can be somewhat strong.
Wildlife Viewing: Great
• This area is somewhat remote, therefore a wide variety of wildlife frequents the area throughout the year.
o Osprey and bald eagles can be seen frequently fishing in areas throughout the bay.
o A wide variety of songbirds are common sites along the forest edge.
o Waterfowl begin arriving on their migration route just before we close for sanctuary.
o Herons and other wading birds are frequently viewed along with cormorants.
o Beavers are a common site in this area.
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