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Seven Islands State Birding Park
March 20, 2021 All day
Seven Island is Tennessee’s newest park. It is a 416 acre park that we established in the 1990s by private donors and jointly managed as Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge by a local foundation and Knox County. In the fall of 2013, it was designated as state park effective Sept 2013 with the grand opening July 2014. The park, on former farmland, includes the Kelly Bend peninsula along the French Broad River. Habitats include wooded hills and intermittent stream and several fields being restored to native warm-season grasses. More than 180 species of birds have been sighted in the park. The views are great, you can see Smoky Mountains and Mount LeConte. The hike is mostly easy with rolling hills, The total distance is about 6 miles. We will meet at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains Pike, leaving at 9:00 am ET tailgating to the park. If you want to meet at the Seven Islands parking lot, we expect to be there about 9:30 am ET. For specific information about the hike, please contact Tom.