Cypress Cove Farm shines as an example of a small farm that is being converted from primarily agricultural use, to a site that is being actively managed for wildlife and natural resource education. It is a splendid example of many techniques and practices small rural landowners can use to attract and manage wildlife on their lands. A small spring seeps from under a hill and pools to form a pond containing numerous large, old cypress trees. Existing farm structures have been modified and used as bird blinds and educational facilities. Several artificial wetlands have been created. Reforestation, timber harvests and agricultural plantings on this site are managed primarily for the benefit of wildlife – particularly birds. There is also a historical, working sawmill on the property. This intermix of reverting fields, managed wetlands, small ponds, riparian areas and mixed forests has created a diversity of interspersed habitats – resulting in a large diversity of bird species. Birding is perhaps best along the numerous hiking trails that cross the farm.
The private owner lives onsite, so visitors should practice the appropriate courtesy and non-intrusion on private areas when touring the site. Group visits should be approved and coordinated by the contacting the site owner.
DIRECTIONS: In Red Bay, Alabama from the junction of State Hwys 19 and 24, take Hwy 24 East for 1.6 miles, then turn left (north) on County Road 28/Mudd Creek Road. Go 1.0 mile to the Cypress Cove Farm parking lot on the left (west).
Site 51: Northwest Loop
GPS: N 34.4588, W 88.1031
Red Bay Parks and Recreation Department
(256) 356-4473 extension 6.