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3. The Coon Creek Tract
Date of Purchase: February 1, 1995
Location: Tallapoosa County; T19N, R22E, Sections 28 and 29
THE COON CREEK TRACT was purchased to provide outdoor recreational opportunities. This tract located on the banks of Yates Reservoir on the Tallapoosa River will provide recreational opportunities in the form of hunting, fishing, hiking and ecological education.
In 2009, the State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources opened two new trails at the Coon Creek Forever Wild Tract, the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop.
The Wood Duck Trail is an easy 4-mile round-trip that begins near the Coon Creek Forever Wild Tract parking lot. The trail heads east hugging the slough of Coon Creek to a picnic area and loops back to the parking lot.
The Overlook Loop also begins near the parking lot and heads west creating a 1-mile loop along the slough to the highest point on the property and back to the trailhead. Overlook Loop is relatively steep in one area, but its short length makes it an easy trek.
Both trails are free to use by the public and provide ample opportunity to observe wildlife including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wood ducks, and several other bird species. The trails close at sunset.