Bells Landing Park’s 320 acres contain a variety of habitats, ranging from pine forest atop the uplands at the entrance to river bottom hardwoods along Tallatchee Creek. Continue west 0.4 miles to the parking area at the boat ramp and park.The road to the camp sites north of Bells Landing Road and the boat ramp parking area make an excellent “trail” to bird. Walk through the wooden fence on the south side of Bells Landing Road and down the gated gravel road to the camping and picnic area to access more of the stream bank of Tallatchee Creek. Please note that this area is subject to flooding during periods of high water in winter and spring.
The Bells Landing Park boat ramp provides access to Tallatchee Creek about a mile above its confluence with the Alabama River. Canoeing the creek and its old meanders in spring will provide you with an excellent opportunity to see and hear Yellow-throated and Red-eyed vireos, Prothonotary Warblers, American Redstarts, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and Summer Tanagers. Anhingas and Swallow-tailed Kites frequently soar above the creek in the spring and summer. Cerulean and Magnolia warblers use this habitat during migration.
Mosquitoes can be a problem, especially after spring rains and the use of a good insect repellent is recommended.
The ramp can also be used as the put-in for an Alabama River paddle to Haines Island/Davis Ferry (7.3 miles), Silver Creek Park (15.6 miles), or Isaac’s Creek campground at the Claiborne Lake Dam Site East (18 miles), PWBT Sites 11, 8, and 10 respectively.
Access: Free; please note that those parts of the park that are more than 300 feet from park facilities are open to hunting during hunting season.
Directions: From the intersection of McDuffie Landing Road and Alabama Highway 41, continue north on Alabama 41 for 5.2 miles to mile marker 71.8. Turn left (west) on Bells Landing Road, and drive 1.1 miles to the park entrance.
Or from the intersection of US Highway 84 (mile marker 64.2) and Monroe County Road 39 at Claiborne, take Monroe 39 north 8.0 miles. Turn left (north) on Alabama 41 for 16.0 miles to the intersection of Bells Landing Road (mile marker 71.8). Turn left (west) on Bells Landing Road and drive 1.1 miles to the park entrance.
GPS: N 31° 48.228’ / W 87° 24.954’ (Park entrance)
US Army Corps of Engineers
1226 Power House Road
Camden, AL 36726
Amenities: Restroom, Handicap access, Parking, Camping, Canoeing, Boat access, Picnic area, Hiking