Birding

Knoxville is conveniently located right in the middle of migration routes for many species of birds. Combined with the mild climate, hilly-to-mountainous terrain and many lakes and streams – Knoxville makes a great habitat for birds. Whether you are a beginner looking for easy birds to identify or an experienced birder, there are many places to start exploring.

Check out the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society –  an active birding group that offers monthly meetings with guest speakers and outings. The club welcomes beginners and experienced birders alike.

Top Birding Spots – Check out these favorite spots from local birding experts

Worthington Cemetery Trail

Worthington Cemetery Trail HIGHLIGHTS: Located in Elza Gate Park, this scenic trail is noted for its unusual cedar barren habitat; features an old [...]

UT Arboretum Trails

UT Arboretum Walking Trails HIGHLIGHTS: 250-acre Research and Education Center featuring 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens that represent 800 species, varieties, [...]

Trotter Bluff SWA Trails

Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area Trails HIGHLIGHTS: The bluff itself is a 400-foot cliff that overlooks the French Broad River; 30 acres of [...]

River Bluff SWA Trails

River Bluff Small Wild Area Trails HIGHLIGHTS: On the western side of the Clinch River below Norris Dam, the trail loops a 3.2 [...]

North Ridge Trails

North Ridge Trails HIGHLIGHTS: National Recreation Trail, designated in 1973; 7.8 mile of natural trail traverses ridge-side woodland and creeks; excellent wildflower and [...]

North Boundary Trails

North Boundary Trails HIGHLIGHTS: 16 miles of singletrack and gravel paths pass through ridge-top woodlands, bluffs, and creek-side habitats showcasing a variety of [...]

Norris Watershed Trails

Norris Watershed Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Just under 30 miles of moderate to strenuous trails snake up and over the hills and wind along the [...]

Norris Songbird Trail SWA

Norris Songbird Trail State Wildlife Observation Area HIGHLIGHTS: The scenic trail contours the Clinch River providing a variety of habitats for many songbirds [...]