Two Firsts for Tennessee State Parks
Seven Islands State Birding Park, Tennessee’s first designated birding park, is now the 56th Tennessee State Park. The 360-acre facility offers activities including observation, hiking and a small boat launch for canoes and kayaks. The property, located in Knox County, is adjacent to the French Broad River and aquatic and riparian habitats support an impressive diversity of wildlife species. More than 160 species of birds have been identified.
Tennessee State Parks Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill says that Seven Islands is the flagship for other birding experiences within the state park system. Plans include a map to promote bird watching and guide enthusiasts to other existing parks statewide.
Prior to becoming a state park, Seven Islands was a wildlife refuge that was managed by the Seven Islands Foundation and Knox County Parks and Recreation.
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