Visitor Information


Our swimming/wading restrictions have been lifted. However, if crowds become too large or if visitor compliance with the State’s COVID-19 guidelines becomes an issue, we may be forced to close without warning. We are going to depend on you to help us to keep this going. Please respect our rules and leave before closing, we want to provide this outlet for you, but it is up to you to ensure it works.

All visitors will be expected to follow statewide COVID-19 guidelines. No group sizes larger than 10 will be permitted and masks are required when around other non-family/household members.

While the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is free to access, it is not free to maintain. We are a nonprofit organization that has provided a free service to our visitors and the State for over 9 years, which includes security, maintenance, educational programs, and all of the visitor amenities you enjoy today.


Unfortunately however, we are now down to only 8 remaining months of funding and need your help to ensure that our operation does not end and we are able to continue to provide you the same amazing services!

With this campaign, our goal is to not only to overcome the challenge we face, but to also reduce the possibility of having to ever face it again. So, in an effort to avoid this dreadful possibility, we have been working towards expanding our most sustainable funding resources to capitalize on the resources we have. The opportunity for more educational programs, as well as weddings and other rental options that could very well produce enough funds to sustain the entire operation. We have already raised a significant sum towards the development of a large space that would fit these needs. However, in order to start construction, we have to secure 3 years of funding for the operation. That means we only need about $80,000 to meet our $500,000 goal and long term sustainability!

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Pavilion floor plan _ Rendering 2018_2
Pavilion floor plan _ Rendering 2018

Located in Pinson, Alabama, only 15 miles north of Birmingham, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve’s 466-acre’s are home some of the most stunning and unique beauty found anywhere in the Southeast. TCNP was established through a partnership between Alabama’s Forever Wild Program and the Freshwater Land Trust and is co-managed by the Southern Environmental Center (SEC). In late 2008, an agreement was reached with the SEC to setup an environmental education center at the entrance to the preserve. The SEC opened this facility on May 9, 2009 and provides school groups, scout troops, and others with hands-on educational programming.

Admission to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is always FREE, but maintaining it is NOT! Please visit our support page to learn how you can help keep TCNP open.


The rich history of the preserve dates back to documented prehistoric Native American inhabitants. During the early days of Alabama statehood, the preserve played a key role in the birth of industry in this area by the works of early entrepreneur and industrialist David Hanby. The Hanby family ran a grist mill and a small iron forge on the banks of Turkey Creek. David Hanby’s forge made horseshoes for the Confederacy until he was killed by Union Soldiers on April 19th, 1865.

For more information on the Hanby enterprise at TCNP, check out TCNP Currents: The Hanby Enterprise Part 1 and TCNP Currents: The Hanby Enterprise Part 2

For information on how Turkey Creek Nature Preserve became the beautiful nature preserve it is today, please check out :  TCNP Currents: A fresh S.T.A.R.T. for Turkey Creek Part 1 and TCNP Currents: A fresh S.T.A.R.T. for Turkey Creek Part 2

Natural Wonders

In addition to the incredible scenery, TCNP contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in this region of Alabama. The waters of Turkey Creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki), the Watercress Darter (Etheostoma nuchale), and the Rush Darter (Etheostoma phytophilum). The Vermilion Darter occurs only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world. Turkey Creek is also home to a threatened bat species (long-eared bat), an endangered bat species (grey bat), an endangered turtle (flattened musk turtle), and an endangered flower (eared cone-flower). This makes a total of 7 protected species that can be found at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, making it one of the most critical habitats for rare species in the entire country!

Rules and Regulations

NO Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances (coolers and cups are subject to search)
NO Discharging of Firearms
NO Littering
NO All-Terrain Vehicles
NO Wood or Charcoal Grills
NO Metal Detectors
NO Tents or Camping
NO profanity
NO Music
NO Balloons
NO Loitering in vehicle
NO Parking where red lines are present
ALL vehicles must be parked with all tires OFF of the road
DO NOT Disturb, Harm, or Remove ANY Wildlife or Artifacts

All visitors must remain properly clothed at all times. Traditional swimwear is permitted, but no provocative clothing  will be allowed. Changing rooms are provided at the Falls parking area.

Dogs are welcome, but always must be kept leashed and all waste must be removed. Other than dogs, no other pets, animals or exotic species are permitted.

Fishing at TCNP is permitted under the following guidelines:

Keep in mind that Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is a Nature Preserve, so please, leave it as you found it.

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Contact Information

By Phone: 205.680.4116

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