Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive

North Alabama, Northeast Loop | Marshall | Best Seasons: Winter

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Guntersville State Park (Site # 34, Northeast Loop)  is one of the premier birding areas in northeastern Alabama. Known for 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 vagrant such as a Red-necked Grebe or an unusual gull. And, of course, Bald Eagles!

Check the woodlands through the park during migration for a variety of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Migration is also the best time to search for shorebirds on any exposed mudflats. Wading birds, such as Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets, occur year-round and nest on islands in Guntersville Lake.

GPS: N 34.3697, W 86.2169

Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Food, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Hiking, Biking, Canoeing, Boat Access, Driving Trail, Fishing, Camping, Swimming, Picnic Area, Beach

Contact Info:
ADCNR, Lake Guntersville State Park
7966 Alabama Hwy 227
Guntersville, AL 35976
(256) 571-5444


From the intersection of US Hwy 431 and AL Hwy 227 in Guntersville, AL, take Hwy 227 east for 5.6 miles to the birding trail orientation kiosk at the state park.

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