The Parks of West Point Dam are strategically positioned to offer a variety of locations for enjoying the rich birding opportunities around the dam. The various parks also offer panoramic views of the lake, notable for winter gulls and terns. Look for loons and other waterfowl in colder months, swallows and Purple Martins in the warmer ones. Bald Eagles and Ospreys nest in the vicinity. This is a spot for rarities, including Great Cormorants. Watch the easy-to-see gulls carefully, as numerous unusual gulls can be present along with more common varieties.
The parks are west of the dam on the Alabama side of West Point Lake. Directions begin at the Alabama/Georgia State Line. In order, they are:
Hardley Creek Park:
Directions: From the AL/GA State Line, travel N 3.4 mi on CR212 (Stateline Rd) to sign for Hardley Creek Park, on R.
GPS: N32 54.922 W085 11.517
Hardley Creek Park is below West Point Dam, on the river. This is a nice stopping area for resting, eating lunch or looking out over the water for Purple Martins, herons, egrets, Osprey and Bald Eagles. Large population of Canada Geese occupy the area. This is a family-oriented park with children’s fishing pond and duck pond. Restrooms are available.
Directions: Leaving Hardley Creek Park, return to CR212 and turn R. Drive .2 mi to sign for Powerhouse.
GPS: N32 55.159 W085 11.413
Powerhouse Park is a parking/viewpoint at the back of West Point Dam. The park offers a substantial viewing area, providing a different vantage point from which to search for waterbirds.
West Overlook Viewpoint:
Directions: Leaving Powerhouse Park, return to CR212 and turn R. Drive .6 mi to sign for West Overlook Viewpoint
GPS: N32 55.570 W085 11.772
West Overlook Viewpoint offers an opportunity to park on the road that crosses the dam and goes into Georgia, where the US Army Corps of Engineers has a management office and visitor’s center. The GPS coordinates are for the park on the AL side, just before the dam, where you may park and walk across, if you choose.
The road across the dam is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern time.
West Overlook Park:
Leaving West Overlook Viewpoint, return to CR212 and turn R. Drive .1 mi to sign for West Overlook Park.
GPS: N32 55.858 W085 12.078
West Overlook Park overlooks the western (Alabama) side of West Point Dam. Nice stopping area for resting, eating lunch or looking out over the water. Numbered bluebird boxes dot the landscape indicating a monitored box trail.
Directions: Leaving West Overlook Park, return to CR212 and turn R. Drive .3 mi to sign for Anderson Park.
GPS: N32 56.152 W085 12.215
Anderson Park also overlooks the western (Alabama) side of West Point Dam. This is a nice stopping spot with restrooms and informational kiosk. This is a large park with good surrounding woods, consisting of mostly mature pine and mixed oak. These woods offer up a variety of songbirds and raptors. Fluctuating lake levels allow for walking the shoreline for long distances in either direction.
West Point Management Office
500 Resource Management Drive
West Point, GA 31833
GPS: N32 55.053 W085 10.734