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Seven Islands State Birding Park

Upper East Valley + Ridge, Tennessee

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  • The parking area for Tennessee's Seven Islands State Birding Park.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Brochures, picnic tables, information on Tennessee State Parks, and more can be found in the Blue Bird Barn. This is also where night hikes and other ranger-led activities begin.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The interior of the Blue Bird Barn.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Maps and signs are located throughout the park, making the trails very easy to navigate, even for a first-time visitor.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Take a trip to the upper trails to get a view of Tennessee's Mount LeConte, the third-highest peak in the Smoky Mountains.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The indigo bunting is one of the most vibrant native birds that you may see on your adventure throughout the park.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Tennessee's state wildflower, the passion flower, can be seen blooming during the summer months.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • A pond area in Seven Islands.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • In the summer months, the meadows explode with color from numerous wildflowers blooming.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The pond area of the park.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Seven Islands offers trails of all levels of difficulty, including level trails throughout the meadows.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The zebra swallowtail, seen here, is Tennessee's state butterfly.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The French Broad River runs along the park boundaries and is the perfect spot for a day on the water! Eagles, turtles, beavers, and other wildlife can be seen as you paddle along. You'll find water access just before the park entrance.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Butterflies fill the park in the warmer months.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • You'll find birdhouses and other bird habitats set up along the trails.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • A former farmhouse is located in the park and is open for exploring. Take a break in the rocking chairs and imagine what life was once like along the French Broad.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Trumpet vine blooming along the trail in July.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • You'll find multiple areas to access the French Broad River as you explore the park. Keep an eye out for blue herons and bald eagles.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • French Broad River.- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • The park includes benches along your way. Take a break and enjoy the view!- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Enjoy the day with a picnic by the barn or take a break from the summer sun or rain inside of the barn. You may even get to say hello to one of the park's many owls!- Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Picnic tables are located inside of the barns. Always practice Leave No Trace!- Seven Islands State Birding Park
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Pros: 
Wildflowers. Solitude. Wildlife. History.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Upper East Valley + Ridge, TN
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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In the summer of 2013, Seven Islands became the Tennessee's 56th state park. The park covers over 400 acres of land along the French Broad River in Knox County. The park is the perfect escape for birdwatchers, trail runners, families, hikers, or those just wanting to get away from the crowds in the Smoky Mountains or the city.

Looking to spend a day on the water? You'll find access to the French Broad just before the entrance to the park. Seeing the park from the water is an excellent way to soak up the solitude of the area. Great blue herons, bald eagles, beavers, turtles, and more make this part of the park their home.

Within the park you'll find two barns and a farmhouse to explore, and these structures are perfect for getting a glimpse into what life was once like at Seven Islands. As you make your way throughout the trails of the park, keep your eyes open for the 190 different species of birds that call the park home, among them the indigo bunting, osprey, bald eagle, and green heron.

Dogs are welcome in the park on a leash. Bikes must stay on the paved road that runs through the park to the farmhouse and barn. Fishing is welcome along the French Broad River. When visiting the park, keep in mind that currently the park only has portable restrooms, and there is no drinking water available in the park. Pack all food and drinks that are needed in and out of the park. Trash cans are located near each barn. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, and the park offers guided night hikes from time to time. Seven Islands State Birding Park is only a few years old, but it is already one of the most interesting parks in the state. The next time you're in the area, check it out!

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