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Birding. There are many wonderful places to spot birds, from the majestic Bald Eagle to the elusive Painted Bunting.

Autumn Birding in the Black Belt

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

These two Corps of Engineers parks offer opportunities to bird in a variety of habitats including upland mixed pine hardwood forest, cypress sloughs, lake and shoreline. And while spring and summer will produce the largest variety of species, our most recent visit on the afternoon of November 10 allowed us to enjoy twenty-six of the species that spend the winter with us.

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 …

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My locationGet Directions Alabama River LodgeLocated in Dallas County | What you’ll find: Outdoor Recreation The Alabama River Lodge offers hunting on 12,000 acres of prime, privately owned plantation land along the Alabama River, just south of Selma. …

Birding Backbone Creek

Located in County | What you’ll find: Birding

The many blocks of the David K. Nelson Wildlife Management Area offer some exceptional birding opportunities. One of our favorites is Backbone Creek in southernmost Greene County. It’s located just a few miles northeast of Demopolis and provides easy access to the backwaters of the Black Warrior River and Lake Demopolis.

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

Opened as a private spa in 1838, visitors to Bladon Springs traveled from all over the country to benefit from the “curing” properties of the park’s 4 mineral wells. In 1846, a large Greek Revival hotel was built to accommodate the influx of visitors. …

Bloch Park

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

The park offers a wooded picnic area, walking trail, and plentiful nature. You may spot spring and fall migrants, as well as Mississippi Kites around the park. The bridge is a perfect spot to see Eastern Phoebes year-round. You will find Louisiana Wate …

Brooklyn Access and Southern Terminus of the Sepulga River Canoe Trail

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

The Brooklyn access is the southernmost take-out for the Sepulga River Canoe Trail. In the undergrowth at the boat ramp, look for Brown Thrashers, Gray Catbirds, and White-eyed Vireos. Northern Parulas are common in spring and early summer. Also watch …

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

The Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwest Alabama along the Tombigbee River approximately 80 miles north of Mobile. The Refuge was established in 1964 on lands acquired by the Corp of Engineers in conjunction with the Coffeeville Loc …

Claiborne Lake Dam Site East Park

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

Claiborne Lake Dam Site East Park’s 500 acres contain a variety of habitats and amenities. The area near the entrance is loblolly pine plantation. Here visitors can view Summer Tanagers, Pine Warblers, Indigo Buntings, and Eastern Bluebirds in the spri …

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 …

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