Guntersville Peninsula (Site # 35, Northeast Loop) sits on a peninsula that juts into Guntersville Reservoir. The city has developed walking trails along the shoreline of the peninsula, providing public access to innumerable vantage points to search the water for bird life. The reservoir is at its best in winter, when waterfowl is plentiful, often supporting rafts of Red-breasted Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Gadwalls, Ruddy Ducks as well as Common Loons and Horned Grebes. The former marina area on the northeast side of the peninsula has supported a number of unusual gulls, as well as Red-necked Grebes. Other species to look for during the year include Double-crested Cormorants, Ospreys, and Bald Eagle, all of which nest nearby.
GPS: N 34.3630, W 86.2916
Amenities: Restrooms, Parking, Hiking, Handicap Access, Biking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing, Picnic Area
Marshall County CVB
200 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976
This site refers to the walking trails along the edges of Guntersville Peninsula. Good places to access the trail include the corner of AL Highway 69/Henry Street and Sunset Drive in western Guntersville or the intersection of Sunset Drive and US Highway 431 in northern Guntersville. Visitors should check the orientation map on the birding trail interpretive sign located at the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau building at the southern end of the US Highway 431 River Bridge.
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The north side of Guntersville Dam is similar to the south side and also provides boat access to Painted Bluff a few miles downstream. However, the north side of the dam is usually better for viewing Bald Eagles. Active eagle nests have been seen on …
Guntersville Dam (Site #36, Northeast Loop) impounds the 67,900-acre Guntersville Reservoir in northeastern Alabama. The Tennessee Valley Authority manages the dam for electricity production and flood control. The dam makes an excellent vantage point …
Guntersville State Park is one of the premier birding areas in northeastern Alabama. Renowned for its Eagle Awareness Weekends, the park is best visited in the winter. During this time, look for dense populations of waterfowl, and the chance to spy a …