Explore the beauty of nature at this Alabama wildlife refuge.
The Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge is in western Alabama and is a great place to reconnect with nature. Visitors can enjoy birding, wildlife observation, and canoeing at this refuge. Pets are allowed in the refuge but must always remain leashed. You are welcome to explore the observation platform trail and soak in the sights and sounds of nature while you're here. Common animals you may see include wood ducks, bald eagles, wood storks, deer, alligators, beavers, squirrels, wild turkeys, and raccoons.
Permits are required if you want to fish or hunt within the refuge. Squirrels and rabbits are free game for hunters in the fall, and those with hunting bows can hunt for bucks during a limited period in October. Most of the refuge makes up a waterfowl sanctuary and is closed annually from December 1 to March 1. If you're traveling to or from Mobile, Alabama, the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge is 80 miles north of the gulf coast region of the state.