Colbert Ferry (Site #12, Northwest Loop) provides access to a number of wooded habitats, including a beaver pond with lots of standing dead timber. Check this area for Red-headed and other woodpeckers. Closer to the shore, search the trees for White-breasted Nuthatches year-round and Orchard Orioles and Eastern Kingbirds in the summer. The park also provides excellent views of Pickwick Reservoir; in summer, watch for Cliff and Barn Swallows foraging over open water. In winter, scan the open water of the reservoir for Double-crested Cormorants and Common Loons among the numerous diving ducks. Look for Bald Eagles perched in the trees along the shoreline. If you take an evening stroll, you will likely hear the calls of Barred Owls and Eastern Screech-Owls. The Natchez Trace Parkway stretches 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, with 33 miles of this National Scenic Byway and All American Road running through northwest Alabama.
GPS: N 34.8400, W 87.9452
Amenities: Information, Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Biking, Boat Access, Fishing, Canoeing, Picnic Area, Swimming
National Park Service (NPS)
Natchez Trace Parkway Headquarters
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
From Cherokee, at the junction of US Highway 72 and Natchez Trace Parkway, go north on the Natchez Trace Parkway for 7 miles. Turn left at the Colbert Ferry sign and follow the signs to the picnic area and boat launch.
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