Seven Islands State Birding Park – A Nature Trail easy hike, walk and see all kinds of birds too. Located in East Tennessee!
Seven Islands State Birding Park
Seven Islands State Birding Park is a state park in Knox County, Tennessee located east of Knoxville in Kodak along the French Broad River. The park was created for birdwatching.1 I figured since it is around the anniversary of the opening of this park, it would be a great one to share for Travel Thursday. This park is part of the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department. This park opened July 1, 2014. So it is a new park to the area.
When Heather and I went, it has some trails still under construction as they were building a bridge across the river. (should be completed in August 2018). We visited Seven Islands State Birding Park in April 2018.
We could hear a lot of birds while there. I believe we even saw an eagle flying overhead. We did see maybe 4-5 different types of creatures like a frog in a pond area.
It is an easy walk, hike. They park offers about 8 miles of trails. I think you will enjoy visiting this park for a quick stop. You will also find some info boards along the trail too.
They also have many events like guided hikes and more.
About the Park
The diverse natural landscape of aquatic and grassland habitats makes Seven Islands State Birding Park a premier birding destination with more than 190 species of birds sighted. The park encompasses 416 acres along the French Broad River in Knox County, approximately 19 miles east of Knoxville. This peninsula of land features more than eight miles of natural trails, rolling hills and views of the Smoky Mountains. In addition to being a wildlife refuge popular for hiking and wildlife observation, the park is a research and educational facility for schools and other groups and a demonstration area for land use and habitat management techniques. Songbirds, hawks and waterfowl can be seen along the meadow trails and several old barns are a favorite refuge for Barn Owls. For paddlers and anglers, there is a small canoe/kayak launch that provides access to the French Broad River.2
More info at: tnstateparks.com/parks/seven-islands