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Seven Islands State Birding Park

PUBLIC NOTICE: Effective November 18, the Seven Islands Loop Trail will be closed until August 18, 2018 due to construction of an ADA Trail and Pedestrian Bridge at Seven Islands State Birding Park. We appreciate your patience as we work to make the Seven Islands more accessible to all visitors, while providing new ways to enjoy the park's unique features.



Bordering the park, the French Broad River holds over 50 species of fish including crappie, bluegill, sauger and several varieties of bass. A small boat launch is available.


Seven Islands is a good starting point for road cyclists that want to tour the back roads in the area. Bicyclists are also welcome to ride on the paved greenway, a one-way route down to the river. The road is mostly level and also a popular route for wildlife observation.


Over eight miles of scenic mowed trails wind around the refuge, up the ridges and down to the waterfront. The trails highlight the parks diverse habitats and are ideal for wildlife observation.

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From the novice to the professional, birders and researchers find Seven Islands an ideal location for avian observation. The park is located along the migratory path of many bird species and during the breeding season birds can be found nesting at the refuge. Popular sightings include Purple Martins and Tree Swallows. Guests can easily spend several hours strolling through the park’s varied habitats enjoying the scenery and song of these feathered jewels.

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