Birding Sites In East Tennessee


Cove Lake State Park - A popular site for waterbirds and songbirds in Campbell County.

Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery, Clinton - A good site for shorebirds, waders, and waterfowl close to Knoxville.

Elizabethton Area - Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and the nearby Linear Trail are reliable places for Yellow-crowned Night Herons, waterfowl, and songbirds.

Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area - A great place in Morgan County for forest birds, wildflowers, and hiking.

Kyker Bottoms Refuge - A prime area for wetland and grassland species in southwest Blount County.

Jefferson City Area - The Mossy Creek Wildlife Viewing Area is a productive wetland area and Cherokee Dam is good for herons, gulls, terns, and other waterbirds.

Kingston Steam Plant - A historically great place for shorebirds, gulls and terns, waders, and waterfowl next to I-40 about 40 miles west of Knoxville. Unfortunately, its future for birds is in doubt.

Norris Dam Area - Several sites offering a variety of habitats about 20 miles north of Knoxville.

Rankin Bottoms Area - One of the best areas for shorebirds and other waterbirds in East Tennessee, located about an hour from Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.

Standifer Gap Marsh - An easily accessible wetland area in Chattanooga.

Sharps Ridge, Knoxville - One of the best sites around for migrant songbirds in the spring.

Seven Islands State Birding Park - A riverside grassland and woodlot complex close to Knoxville.

Some Birding Sites in East Tennessee
Areas mostly north and east of Knoxville 

Kingsport Birding Trail - Birding sites in Kingsport.

Some Birding Sites in the Chattanooga Area

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Click here an overview of the Park's birdlife and here for a checklist of the Park's birds.  For information on current conditions in the park, including road closures, check the park web site or call 865-436-1200.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Click here for an overview of the Area's bird life and here for a checklist of the Area's birds. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Cherokee National Forest
Information about Tennessee's only National Forest. 
Click here for a checklist of birds of the Cherokee National Forest.
Click here for information on bird-finding in the Forest. 

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Click here for a list of the Park's birds.

Checklist of Greene County birds

Click here for East Tennessee sites described on the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife website.

Click here for Stephen Stedman's compilation of bird finding information and species lists for counties in the Upper Cumberland Region of northeastern Middle Tennessee, the western Cumberland Plateau, and Kentucky. Middle Tennessee counties covered in this compilation include Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, and Scott.

Interested in submitting a description of your favorite site? Contact the webmaster at info@tnbirds.org.

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