Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge

One of the ponds at Watercess Darter National Wildlife Refuge
A pond at the refuge

Back in 1980, Thomas Spring was in a rural area of Jefferson County, Alabama. These days, the suburbs of Bessemer have grown to surround the property and at this point, all watercress darter habitat is being impacted by that urbanization. Public use of the property is limited because of the sensitivity of the habitat but there are a couple of hiking trails with an interpretive plaque at Thomas Spring and an information kiosk at the parking area.

To get there: the property is located in Bessemer, Alabama, on the west side of Eastern Valley Road. The entrance to the parking lot is between the West Jefferson County Historical Society's MacAdory House and the stop light just to the north.

Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge is administered as part of the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Map of Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge
Photos and map are courtesy of the US Fish & Wildlife Service  
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