Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is located just 15 miles north of urban Birmingham in Pinson, Alabama. Turkey Creek Nature Preserve protects some of the most stunning beauty in the Southeast. The 466-acre preserve was established through a partnership between the state’s Forever Wild Program and the Freshwater Land Trust and is co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College.
Today, the preserve contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the region. The waters of the creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermillion Darter (which lives only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world), the Watercress Darter, and the Rush Darter. As well as a safe haven for wildlife, TCNP provides recreational opportunities for the general public and hands-on environmental education for young people, with programs about aquatic ecology, water quality, American history, and more. More than 100,000 visitors enjoy TCNP each year.
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Turkey Creek offers:
- Stunning beauty and unique habitats
- A five-mile national recreational trail system
- One of the state’s top swimming spots
- A home for three federally endangered fish species
- One of Jefferson County’s first settlements
- Hands-on educational opportunities
- Group and individual picnic areas
- Annual events for the community and public