Natchez Trace State Park

Birding

The 9,629-acre Natchez Trace State Park consists primarily of pine and hardwood forest. Three man-made lakes occur within the park, where great blue herons, pied-billed grebes, American coots and a small number of ducks can be found in winter. Over 23 miles of hiking trails including a 14-mile overnight trail are ideal for woodland birding. A wide variety of migrating warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers pass through the area. Summer birds that can be seen include yellow-billed cuckoo, great crested and Acadian flycatchers, scarlet and summer tanagers, wood thrush, pine, prairie, and Kentucky warblers. In winter, brown creepers, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and occasionally red-breasted nuthatch can be found. The park is part of the large 48,000-acre Natchez Trace State Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Over 135 species of birds have been observed in the park. For more park and nearby birding locations, VIEW FLYER.

Red Leaves Trail: Park Office: 35.79663, -88.26459
40 Miles – Natural Surface – Moderate to Difficult – Year-round
There are numerous access points to this 40-mile trail. The park office is a good place to start since trail maps and other park information are available here. Also, the park office has a feeder station. This section of trail winds through forested uplands. 
Featured Birds: woodpeckers, migrating songbirds in spring and fall, nesting songbirds in the summer, and resident songbirds all year.

Pin Oak Lodge: 35.70858, -88.29003 - Year-round
Bird along the lakeshore and woodlands surrounding the inn. If you are up for more walking, the trailheads for the 1.5-mile Pin Oak Trail and the 0.8-mile Oak Ridge Trail are nearby.
Featured Birds: red-headed woodpecker and other woodpeckers, migrating songbirds in spring and fall, nesting songbirds in the summer, and resident songbirds all year.

Recreation Lodge: 35.78233, -88.251197 - Year-round
Bird around the lodge which includes lakeside views and trailheads for the 4-mile Cub Lake Trail, the 0.20-mile Fern Trail and the 2.50-mile Deer Trail. At approximately 0.50 miles along the Cub Lake Trail you will find marsh and shrub wetlands as well as early successional uplands.
Featured Birds: pied-billed grebe, possibly wood duck and great blue heron, woodpeckers, and songbirds including indigo bunting, common yellowthroat and sparrows in the shrub wetland and early successional habitat.

Fairview Gullies Trail: N 35.81188, W 88.25545
1 Mile — Natural Surface — Moderate - Year-round
This short loop trail takes you through pine forest, mixed pine-hardwood forest, and hardwood forest. It is a good location to hear singing pine warblers in spring.
Featured Birds: woodpeckers, migrating songbirds in spring and fall, nesting songbirds in the summer, and resident songbirds all year.