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This county is named after naval hero Stephen Decatur, Jr., who gained national recognition in the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War and the War of 1812 by his leadership and achievements at sea. Its county seat is Decaturville.
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, thr river area boasts 50 miles of undeveloped beauty, a tourism drawing card that brings many visitors here for untold hours of fishing, swimming and river recreation, camping, family oriented fun and peaceful enjoyment of nature in its natural state. This county is resplendent with opportunities for sports and hunting.
The Tennessee River offers boating, water skiing, fishing, camping, swimming and jet skiing. The five marinas and over 50 miles of beautiful shoreline offer river access.
Parks include Beech Bend Park with camping day & night access. Natchez Trace, Shiloh, Chickasaw, Nathan Bedford, Pickwick, Paris Landing and Mousetail are all within an hours drive.
An abundance of wildlife includes deer, turkey, ducks, geese and raccoon. Eagles are often sighted along Lady's Bluff at the Busseltown Wildlife refuge. Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge containing over 4600 acres of water, forests, farmland and grasslands is located on and around the Tennessee River. Hunting-Hunting is permitted for deer, squirrel, raccoon, and turkey. A variety of wildlife can be observed in this area, including waterfowl in the fall and winter, shorebirds and wading birds in spring and fall, other wildlife throughout the year.
Since 1976 the Decatur County World's Largest Coon Hunt - Benefit for St. Jude is held annually on the second full weekend of April, Thursday thru Sunday, and to this day it is still worked solely by volunteers. It takes each and every person who walks on the grounds to make this great event possible.