Black Belt | Marengo | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Summer | Winter
The Demopolis River Walk is among the most open and accessible birding sites in the state. A very short paved path along the banks of the Tombigbee River, it has planted shrubs and small hardwood trees along its course. There are also several benches and a shelter near the Childers Street parking area.
You’ll likely see swallows and Purple Martins from March through early September, long-legged waders year-round (though they are most numerous from late summer through late fall), and some gulls and waterfowl during winter.
Birds found along the paved path are typical of an urban southern park, with the addition of numerous bluebirds, breeding Orchard Orioles, and most notably, nesting Loggerhead Shrikes. The shrubs along the path may hide White-throated and Song sparrows in winter, and you may see Chipping Sparrows and juncos in the mowed grassy borders. Look for Winter Wrens along the shoreline in the colder months and the odd shorebird along the shoreline when water levels are relatively low.
This is a short, easy stop that shouldn’t require much more than an hour at most to visit completely. This is a convenient site located in the heart of Dempolis, with easy access to dining and shopping. Use this as a “support” leg of a loop of sites in and around Demopolis.
GPS: 32.5246142, -87.83930900000001
City of Demopolis Parks and Recreation
PO Box 580
Demopolis, AL 36732
This is a very accessible, short paved path along the banks of the Black Warrior River. There is ample parking and multiple benches to rest. There are good views of the river from the trail and a small pavilion to provide shelter from the sun or rain.
From the intersection of US-80 and US-43 in south Demopolis, proceed north on US-43 (S Walnut Avenue) for 1.5 miles. Turn left (west) at Childers Street. The parking area for the River Walk is immediately ahead.
Amenities Available: Boat Launch, Paved Trails, Wheelchair Accessible
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