Ashland City Park preserves 27 acres of mixed hardwoods and pines along a tributary of Horsetrough Creek, with a well-maintained walking path as well as children’s playground, picnic tables, tennis courts, and a skateboard park. The land to the left (east) of the entrance road provides an opportunity to survey old-field habitat. Expect to see Eastern Meadowlarks and Field Sparrows throughout the year. Red-tailed Hawks hunt here, and this is a good place to spot Great Horned Owls. Look for Wild Turkeys along the edges of the fields, particularly at dawn and dusk.
The walking trail at Ashland City Park should be a good place to see year-round resident woodland birds such as Carolina Wrens, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Downy Woodpeckers, as well as a constantly changing array of migrants, summer breeding birds, and wintering visitors from the north.
Directions: From I-20 in Lincoln take Highway 77 South, through Talladega, 18 miles to Ashland. Turn left at the light on west side of square, and drive two blocks to the park.
GPS: N33 16.830 | W085 50.198
City of Ashland
82 Court Square
Ashland, AL 36251