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Bashi Creek Public Use Area

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Bashi Creek Public Use Area, also known as “Campbell Landing,” provides the birder with access to the floodplain forests along Bashi Creek. Birders can immerse themselves in excellent riparian habitat by canoeing/kayaking east up Bashi Creek in the spr …

Bells Landing Park

Located in Monroe County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Bells Landing Park’s 320 acres contain a variety of habitats, ranging from pine forest atop the uplands at the entrance to river bottom hardwoods along Tallatchee Creek. Continue west 0.4 miles to the parking area at the boat ramp and park.The road to …

Birding Choctaw County

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Choctaw County is rich with bird-life. There are three stops along the Black Belt Birding Trail here: Bladon Springs State Park, Choctaw Wildlife Refuge and the Corps of Engineers site Service Park (also known as Coffeeville Lake).

Birding Marengo County

Located in Marengo County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Home to beautiful cities like Demopolis and fascinating locations like the Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston, Marengo County is also home to the rich soil that the area is named for. Consequently, it is rich with diverse animal and plant life, making it a wonderful place to search for birds at places like Chickasaw State Park, the Dempolis River Walk, Foscue Creek Park, and Spillway Falls Park.

Birding Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Dallas County, Alabama

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Off The Porch with Judy and Don Self Northern Parula, photo by Joe Watts Old Cahawba Archaeological Park near Orville was chosen as the site for the Black Belt Birding Trail Advisory Group’s May meeting and, as a bonus, we conducted a 2-hour bird walk …

Birding Old St. Stephens

Located in Washington County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Bird watchers will want to make sure they bring their binoculars and cameras! The Old St. Stephens Historical Park is also home to one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Alabama. Old St. Stephens Historical Park in northeaster …

Birding the Wetlands Around Jackson

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Exploring among the cypress in Parker Lake Off the Porch with Judy and Don Self Alabama birders have long enjoyed birding the Jackson Water Treatment Ponds (see page 65 of A Birder’s Guide to Alabama, Porter editor, 2001). But we only recently stumbled …

Birding Wilcox County

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Wilcox County, Alabama, is likely best known for its numerous outdoor opportunities. The rural landscape boasts an impressive selection birds. The county has more miles of riverfront than any other county in south Alabama. It includes four sites along the Black Belt Birding Trail: Chilatchee Creek Park, Gees Bend and the Gees Bend Ferry, Roland Cooper State Park, and Shell Creek Park, also known as Millers Ferry Park.

Bladon Springs State Park

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Centering around four mineral springs, this 357-acre park in Choctaw County in southwest Alabama provides modern campsites, shelters, tables and grills for daytime and nighttime family outings. The Park is located one mile north of Bladon Springs in so …

Booker’s Mill

Located in Conecuh County | What you’ll find: Historical | Museum | Outdoor Recreation

Booker’s Mill is known for both its historical value and scenic beauty.  The mill, built in the 1800s by prison workers, provided electricity to the neighborhood.  It has long been closed as an electricity generating plant.  The land and the building n …

Broadhead Memorial Park

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Historical | Museum | Outdoor Recreation

This is a small park that is located at the community of Needham, AL in Choctaw County. It is proof that a park need not be large or elaborate to be a real pleasure. The park is built around the old Walter Wilson gristmill which was the center of life …

Bull Slough Bridge Canoe Put-in

Located in Conecuh County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Bull Slough Bridge lies across the beautiful Sepulga River in the southeast corner of Conecuh County.  This bridge, built in 1924, is 252-feet long and has a pony truss design.  This site is on the Sepulga River Canoe Trail. At one end of the bridge is …

Chickasaw State Park

Located in Marengo County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Chickasaw State Park consists of 520+ acres, of which several acres are open mature mixed pine-oak woodland. The majority of the Park has been converted into the Turnipseed-Ikenberry Physically Disabled Hunting Area, all of which is on the west side of …

Chilatchee Creek Campground

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

In Alabama’s Black Prairie Belt, Chilatchee Creek Campground offers excellent fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The park also provides good bow hunting opportunities for whitetail deer and wild turkey. Numerous fishing tournaments and an …

Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Water defines this 4,218 – acre refuge, covering roughly one-half of the refuge in creeks, sloughs, lakes, and backwaters of the Tombigbee River, which borders the refuge for 6.5 miles. These waters, and the hardwood bottomlands and open fields around …

Claiborne Lake Dam Site West Park

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

This is a favorite fishing spot for locals, especially for catfish. The park has an observation deck with a round pavilion that provides a good view of the water overflowing the lock & dam and fishermen casting their lines into the churning water b …

Coffeeville Lake (Service Campground Park)

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Service Park (a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility) sits on the shores of 97-mile-long Coffeeville Lake, the third largest lake on the Black Warrior- Tombigbee reservoir system and the last reservoir on the Tombigbee River before it reaches the Gulf …

Dallas County Public Lake

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Dallas County Public Lake is a compact site housing a good variety of habitats around a 100-acre lake-emergent lakeside edge, both second-growth and mature woodland and open pine-oak woods.  Upon leaving AL-41, look to the left on County Road 6. The cu …

Davis Ferry

Located in Monroe County | What you’ll find: Historical | Outdoor Recreation

Davis Ferry  is located on the Alabama River at the Haines Island Park in Monroe County.  The old ferry boat that is used at Davis Ferry has been around for a long time.  It was moved from upriver at Holley Ferry in the early 1970’s when the Highway 10 …

Demopolis River Walk

Located in Marengo County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

The Demopolis River Walk is among the most open and accessible birding sites in the state. A paved path along the banks of the Tombigbee River, it has planted shrubs and small hardwood trees along its course. There are also several benches and a shelte …

Emmet Woods Lake

Located in Washington County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

The Washington County State Public Lake (or Emmet Wood Lake) is a 84 acre lake located 2 miles west of Millry, Alabama. Clean public restrooms and concessions are available, including a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, and oth …

Evergreen City Park

Located in Conecuh County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Evergreen Municipal Park is a 65-acre emerald in the crown of the community. This park is located within the city limits of Evergreen, Alabama about 2 miles from downtown and brimming with year-round activities, from family reunions to baseball games a …

Foscue Creek Park

Located in Marengo County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Foscue Creek Park is located at Demopolis, AL on the forested lake shore of Demopolis Lake, the largest lake on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway. This beautiful park is managed by the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers. It has 54 campsites, all of which …

Gees Bend Ferry

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Take a two mile ferry ride to Gees Bend and enjoy the rich history of the area where the world famous Gees Bend Quilters reside. Along the way, enjoy the natural beauty along the river and keep your eyes open for a variety of birds.

Haines Island Park

Located in Monroe County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Haines Island Park is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Whether you’re inclined to drive, hike, canoe or kayak, Haines Island offers a fantastic opportunity to observe nature in a natural setting. Birding can be spectacular. Extending thro …

Holy Ground Battlefield Park

Located in Lowndes County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

About two miles north of the town of White Hall in present-day Lowndes County is the site of the 1813 battle between Creeks led by Red Eagle and American forces under General Claiborne with Pushmataha’s Choctaws as allies. The Americans killed 21 Creek …

JM Skinner Memorial Park

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Picnic site, pavilion, grills, regulation high school baseball field and little league softball field with restrooms and concessions Memorial Rd., off Hwy. 17, south of Toxey, AL. Or 1 mile from City Hall in Toxey, going south. (251) 843-5222

Lenoir Landing Park – Corps of Engineers

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Boat Launching, Picnic Area, Primitive Camping, Water and Toilet Facilities, Bank Fishing

Little River State Forest

Located in Escambia County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Little River State Forest is located off U.S. highway 21 North.  Little River offers approximately 2,100 acres of long-leaf pine forest, and provides a unique setting for many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking swimming, camping, boating, fishin …

Live Oak Cemetery

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Birding | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

Live Oak Cemetery in Selma is a stunning image of the old South- antebellum mausoleums and grave sites framed by row upon row of massive live oaks, all draped in Spanish moss. The mature hardwoods are spaced in such a way as to provide excellent sight- …

Long’s Horse Park

Located in Washington County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

The horse park is located 4 miles west of Millry on County Road 34 and hosts Walking & Racking Horse Shows on the fourth Saturday of the month.  Quarter Horse Shows are held on the first Saturday of every month.  All Horse Shows start at 7PM.  The …

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

Located in Escambia County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

Nature lovers will enjoy the rustic beauty and all that Magnolia Branch has to offer. Convenient to Gulf Coast residents from all over, the reserve is only one hour from Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala. Coming from Navarre, Fort Walton Beach or Destin …

Millers Ferry

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Millers Ferry Campground located on the William Dannelly Reservoir at Millers Ferry, AL. It is a beautiful park that is maintained by the US Army Corp of Engineers. The park features an array of campsites and group picnic shelters, boat ramp, courtesy docks, playgrounds, and bank fishing. A swimming beach is located within walking distance.

Monroe County Lake

Located in Monroe County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

The Monroe County Lake is a 94-acre manmade lake with an unpaved access road on its east and south sides. Upland loblolly pine forest surrounds the lake on three sides. A hardwood swamp extends north from the lake up its main tributary. Drive (walk) no …

Old Cahawba

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

Cahawba was once Alabama’s state capital (1820-1826) and a thriving antebellum river town. It became a ghost town shortly after the Civil War. Today it is an important archaeological site and a place of picturesque ruins As early as 4,000 years ago Ind …

Old Cahawba Prairie Preserve

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Birding | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

The Old Cahawba Prairie Preserve is a 3,000-acre tract of remnant blackland prairie, one of the remaining half dozen such areas in the entire Black Belt.  The western portion of the parcel is almost five square miles of predominately native grassland, …

Old Lock 1 Park

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

The Old Lock 1 Park is located at the remains of Old Lock 1 on the Tombigbee River between Jackson and Coffeeville. This park lies in a grove of large pecan trees. Major improvements at the park site from 1999–2004 include a picnic pavilion, restrooms, renovated boat ramp, paved roads, parking lots and a park host campsite.

Old St. Stephens

Located in Washington County | What you’ll find: Archeological | Birding | Camping | Historical | Outdoor Recreation

There are many recreational activities available for visitors, including fishing, RV camping, primitive camping, biking, birdwatching, sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking. A 100-acre quarry lake provides visitors with a fine place to swim, fish, boat, and relax. Take a hike through the woods to view the town ruins, or cool off on the sugar-white beach on an aquamarine lake. There is a boat ramp for fishing or those who want to enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the water. Bird watchers will want to make sure they bring their binoculars and cameras!

Parker Lake

Located in Clarke County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

During winter, spring, and early summer, it is possible to canoe/kayak from Parker Lake to Kimbell Lake and other smaller lakes. In late summer and fall and during periods of drought, this may not be possible. The maze of interconnected lakes can be tr …

Paul M. Grist State Park

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Camping | Outdoor Recreation

This is a tranquil 1,080-acre park that includes a beautiful 100-acre lake that is surrounded by hardwood and southern pine woodlands.  The park has modern campsites located on the edge of the lake.  There are also primitive campsites for those who are …

Perry Lakes Park

Located in Perry County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

The Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary along with Barton Beach Preserve contains about 800 acres available to the public for outdoor recreation, education, scientific research, and other activities. Interpretive nature trails (fire lanes and primi …

Prairie Creek

Located in Lowndes County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

Prairie Creek is a well known outdoor recreation destination in Lowndes County. Prairie Creek is located in the White Hall area of Lowndesboro AL. Prairie Creek Campground is lies beneath moss-draped oaks on the banks of Woodruff Lake. The lake is part …

Robert F Henry Lock and Dam

Located in Lowndes County | What you’ll find: Birding | Outdoor Recreation

The Robert F Henry Lock and Dam on the Alabama River in northern Lowndes County is an essential element of any birding trip that incorporates the area between Montgomery and Selma. The habitat features make the site important: there are extensive grass …

Roland Cooper State Park

Located in Wilcox County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Roland Cooper State Park, located six miles northeast of Camden in Alabama’s Black Belt, features spacious vacation cottages; modern campground with bathhouse, laundry and camp store and a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and a comfort station. Located on 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir in Wilcox County, this 236-acre park features a nine-hole golf course with clubhouse, spacious vacation cottages, modern campground with bathhouse, laundry and camp store, and a scenic picnic area with tables, grills, pavilions and comfort station.

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Located in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Historical | Outdoor Recreation

From beginning to end, the Selma to Montgomery March Byway is filled with civil rights history. Home to one of the most significant events in the American struggle for equality, this 54-mile stretch of highway marks the journey that led to equal voting rights for American citizens, regardless of race.

The Sepulga River Canoe Trail

Located in Conecuh County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

The Sepulga River Canoe Trail is becoming increasingly popular with nature lovers in Alabama.  With deep water, limestone walls, and a few Class I rapids for fun, Sepulga offers a wilderness kayaking/canoe experience unique to South Alabama. One of the …

Turtle Point Environmental Science Center

Located in Escambia County | What you’ll find: Birding | Museum | Outdoor Recreation

Hands-on science center on 20 acres of wetlands on Big Escambia Creek. Interpretive Wildlife Center, Wetland Trail/Boardwalk, gardens, butterfly/honeybee exhibits, touch tank. Live reptile, fish, amphibian exhibits. Gift shop. Part of the Alabama Birdi …

Tuscahoma Landing

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Boat ramp, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking 124 North Academy Avenue Butler, Alabama 36904 (205) 459-2542

University of West Alabama Nature Trail and Covered Bridge

Located in Sumter County | What you’ll find: Historical | Outdoor Recreation

The Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge is a county owned wooden covered bridge that spans the northeast corner of Duck Pond in Sumter County located on the campus of the University of West Alabama behind Reed Hall, off Student Union Drive in Livingston. …

Zack Rogers Park

Located in Choctaw County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation

Complete with ball fields, rest room facilites, walking trails and playground equipment. Pavilions available. Open from 7 am to 10 pm. 1512 W. Pushmataha Street Butler, AL 36904 205-459-3795

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