Mud Creek Farm is located in Jackson County, Alabama between Stevenson and Scottsboro in the northeast corner of the state. The farm’s address is Fackler, AL, but the property actually rests about eight miles west of Fackler near the head of a cove that is surrounded by Crow Mountain. It is 12 miles to Scottsboro and 19 miles to Stevenson.
To get to the farm, you turn north off Highway 72 onto County Road 33 near Hollywood, AL. You travel on CR 33 for 8 miles and before you start going up Crow Mountain, you turn left onto CR 111. From here the farm is only two miles and is located in a ninety-degree bend of the road. CR 111 dead-ends another two miles up the road at the head of the cove. CR 111 is a lightly traveled country road that provides the ideal approach to your retreat.
Mud Creek Farm is centrally located providing convenient access to several larger urban areas that include:
Huntsville, AL = 50 minutes Nashville, TN = 2 hours
Chattanooga, TN = 1 hour Atlanta, GA = 2.5 hours
Birmingham, AL = 2 hours
One important element of Mud Creek Farm worth understanding is its location relative to a few other key places. First of all, the farm gets its name because Mud Creek flows through the center of the property for nearly a mile and the headwaters of Mud Creek are less than two miles northwest of the farm.
As the creek leaves the southeast corner of the property, it winds itself through a huge agrarian landscape until it dumps into the Tennessee River. Mud Creek is considered to be a major tributary of the Tennessee River. As the crow flies this confluence is only ten miles away, and only six miles from the farm the creek turns into big water. Mud Creek has served as a major flyway for ducks in northeast Alabama for decades. It’s hard to explain with certainty why this is, but the historical patterns cannot be denied.
The farm is located:
5 miles from Mud Creek Waterfowl Project & Management Area (8,003 acres)
10 miles from Crow Creek Refuge (5,415 acres)
11 miles from North Sauty Refuge (5,009 acres)
For the reasons stated above, it is our belief that Mud Creek Farm has a compelling amount of unrealized waterfowl potential. Sections of the property are ideal for creating flooded duck impoundments and good numbers of birds have been observed on the property over the years.
Skyline WMA – In short distances surrounding the farm, one will find multiple access points to Skyline WMA, which is one of Alabama’s largest state-owned resources. With the help of several conservation-oriented groups, Alabama has been able to grow Skyline to include more than 60,000 acres! The recreational opportunities abound with notable features like Jacob’s Mountain and The Walls of Jericho.
Guntersville Lake – Stretching from the Tennessee River’s Nickajack Dam to Guntersville Dam, Guntersville Lake is Alabama’s largest lake at 69,000 acres. It is a renowned fishery and is considered to be some of the best bass fishing in the southeast. Guntersville Lake is only ten miles from Mud Creek Farm.
Tumbling Rock Cave – Just a couple miles from the farm’s gate is a really neat geologic feature, Tumbling Rock Cave. On a hot summer day, you can walk to the entrance of this cave and literally feel the cool 60-degree air blowing on you. It’s a neat phenomenon!
Lying within the United States’ humid subtropical zone, the area offers a mild, pleasant climate and four distinct seasons. Spring arrives in March with mild days and cool nights, and by late May temperatures have warmed up considerably to herald warm summer days. On average, July is the warmest month of the year. The summer months tend to receive more precipitation than other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches. Fall is marked by mild to warm days and cooler nights. Winter is usually mild, with the coldest days featuring lows near or slightly above freezing and highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Snow occurs sporadically, with an average annual accumulation of approximately 5 inches.
Being near the head of a cove that is surrounded by the tail end of the Cumberland Plateau, MCF truly is a very scenic property. There are vistas from several places on this farm that allow you to look over the valley with the opposing mountains serving as the backdrop. It is the ideal country setting for this part of the southeast.