Birding at Sycamore Shoals is good throughout the year, but best during the spring and fall migrations. The Watauga River Trail is popular for spotting yellow crowned night herons, various waterfowl, and migratory warblers along the river. During early May and October, the Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society leads Saturday morning bird walks at the park. The walks are a great opportunity for experienced birders and new enthusiasts to meet other birders and naturalists and view the park's wildlife. For more park and nearby birding locations, view flyer.