Chapmans Creek is a quiet, remote public use area on scenic Lake Martin offering primitive camping, a picnic area, and a boat ramp. This is a serene birding stop characterized by mature mid- and upper-story habitat with a well-developed shrub layer, but little or no herbaceous layer. Bird “deep woods” species including Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, and Wood Thrush, for example. Bald Eagles, waterfowl, including herons and egrets along with several duck species, and songbirds are all to be seen here.
There is a good likelihood of finding Pileated Woodpeckers, Summer Tanagers, Great-crested Flycatchers, Broad-winged Hawks, and Wild Turkeys.
Along the road entering Chapmans Creek is evidence of the tornadoes that passed through this area in April 2011. This does not, however, affect the primary birding site and provides some interesting opportunities for birds to forage.
Primitive camping, picnic area, small boat ramp, NO facilities.
GPS: N32 47.635’ | W086 02.755’
From intersection of AL 22 and US 280, travel AL 22W 2 miles to AL 259 going southwest. Drive 10.3 miles to CR 24. Turn left. Go 1.4 miles to dirt road. Go straight on dirt road for 1.2 miles to road’s end.
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