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!