Seven Islands State Birding Park



We are pleased to announce that the new ADA trail, pedestrian bridge, and island loop trail will be open for public use and enjoyment starting November 8, 2019. Please keep bicycles on the paved surfaces and bridge only. Fishing from the bridge is not permitted. Please be aware that water under the bridge is very shallow, diving and swimming are prohibited for your safety.


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. 

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