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

Norris Dam State Park Trails

Norris Dam State Park Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Surrounded by beautiful hardwood forests and miles of Norris Lake shoreline; 800 miles of pristine shoreline for [...]

Loyston Point Trails

Loyston Point Trails HIGHLIGHTS: 17.7 miles of multi-use trails meander through beautiful woodlands, hugging the shoreline of Norris Lake and ascending to the [...]

Haw Ridge Trails

Haw Ridge Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Situated on scenic peninsula along the shores of the Clinch River; 30+ miles of trail perfect for hikers, trail [...]

Frozen Head State Park Trails

Frozen Head State Park Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Known for giant sandstone rock formations, bluffs, mountain streams, and waterfalls - this mountainous terrain varies from [...]

Fort Loudoun State Park Trails

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Built in 1756, one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier and reconstructed during [...]

Elza Gate Park Trails

Elza Gate Park Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Historical location of the Elza Gate - a former entry point to the Secret City back in the 1940's; [...]

East Lakeshore Trails

East Lakeshore National Recreation Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Scenic linear trail system skirts the eastern shoreline of Tellico Lake; 10 interconnected trails range from 1.2 [...]

Dandridge Partnership Trail

Dandridge Partnership Trail HIGHLIGHTS: Skirting Douglas Lake's natural shoreline, the 1.2 mile trail offers numerous opportunities for swimmers and fishermen to find a [...]

Cumberland Trail System

Cumberland Trail System HIGHLIGHTS: Cutting through 11 Tennessee counties, the Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park follows a line of pristine high [...]

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