Seven Islands State Birding Park
|Seven Islands State Birding Park|
Park entrance along Kelly Lane
|Type||Tennessee State Park|
|Location||Kodak, Knox County, Tennessee|
|Area||415 acres (1.68 km2)|
Seven Islands State Birding Park is a state park in Knox County, Tennessee located east of Knoxville in Kodak along the French Broad River. The park was created for birdwatching. The diverse grassland landscapes and the river create a habitat for more than 160 species of birds.
Before Seven Islands became Seven Islands State Birding Park it was a wildlife refuge operated by Knox County. The park's name refers to a string of small islands and shoals in the adjacent river.
Species of birds found within the park include purple martins, tree swallows, common yellowthroats, yellow-breasted chats, summer tanagers, blue grosbeaks, and indigo buntings. Sparrows are common in winter, namely the field, Savannah, song, swamp, white-throated, and white-crowned species. Barn owls have been known to frequent the old barns in the area. Waterfowl include Canadian geese and mallards.
Birdwatching is why the park was created but it also includes the following:
- A small canoe/kayak boat launch site
- 8 miles (13 km) miles of hiking trails.
- Biking and fishing may also be done at the park. Fishing can be done along the French Broad River.
The park is located approximately 18 miles (29 km) east of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The park is located along the French Broad River.
The park's address is 2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, Tennessee 37764.
- Jack Neely, "An Afternoon at Seven Islands," Metro Pulse, 8 October 2008.
- Activities," Seven Islands State Park website. Retrieved: 24 September 2014.
- "Seven Islands Bird Checklist," TNBirds.org. Accessed: 27 May 2015.
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