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.

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness HIGHLIGHTS: Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is a spectacular outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle, or just wander [...]

Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center and Quarry Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Within Knoxville's Urban Wilderness, this 315-acre wildlife sanctuary features gently sloping woodlands that houses an array [...]

I.C. King Trails

I.C. King Trails HIGHLIGHTS: 8.25 miles of trails skirt along the shoreline of Knob Creek and loop the park, winding through heavily forested [...]

Fort Dickerson Trails

Fort Dickerson Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, this site features one of the best-preserved earthen forts from the Civil War era; an [...]

Forks of the River WMA

Forks of the River WMA HIGHLIGHTS: Within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness; diverse terrain comprised of hardwood forests, hedgerows, and old fields - home to [...]

Sharp’s Ridge Trails

Sharp's Ridge Trails HIGHLIGHTS: Just under 8 miles of trail: 4.7 miles of trail wind through the wooded hills offering great views of [...]

Seven Islands State Park

Seven Islands State Birding Park HIGHLIGHTS: A beautiful 416-acre wildlife refuge nestled along the French Broad River; 8+ miles of natural trails along [...]

House Mountain Trails

House Mountain Natural Area Trails HIGHLIGHTS:  5.8 miles of twisting trail reaches Knox County’s highest point featuring an overlook from the 2,100-foot crest [...]

Cedar Hill Greenway

Cedar Hill Greenway HIGHLIGHTS: 2.5 mile loop traverses a wooded city greenbelt and links Cedar Hill Park, historic central city neighborhoods, the football and [...]

Emory Valley Greenway

Emory Valley Greenway HIGHLIGHTS: 3.1 miles parallels Emory Valley Road in Oak Ridge, runs through a natural area along a backwater of Melton [...]

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