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Minooka Park

Minooka Park, located in Jemison, AL, features over 400 acres.  Although the park is primarily an off- highway vehicle park there is also an 7 acre lake surrounded by a walking trail and piers.  Pavilions and restroom facilities are available.  An RV c …

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Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park

Piedmont Plateau | Lee | Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter

The 73-acre Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park was created from a nutrient-rich intentional wetland owned by the city of Opelika, with an additional 7 acres of land including an old home-site. The park has become home to a sig …

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Smith Mountain Historic Fire Tower

Smith Mountain is a prominent hill rising much higher than surrounding terrain.  Located on a peninsula extending into Lake Martin, it offers a 270 degree view of the lake.  Atop the mountain is a historic fire tower built in the 1930s and used for dec …

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Southern Union Community College

Piedmont Plateau | Randolph | Best Seasons:

The campus of Southern Union Community College is relatively compact, and all areas are easily accessible. The entrance to the college is dominated by massive mature pine trees and tall hardwoods. There is no significant understory and little midstory, …

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Swift Creek Park

Piedmont Plateau | Autauga | Best Seasons: Fall, Spring

Swift Creek Park on Lake Woodruff offers access to 225 acres of  bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands along the banks of Swift Creek, where it joins the Alabama River.  This is a low-traffic site, used primarily as a boat ramp.  Forest trails lead t …

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The Parks of West Point Dam

Piedmont Plateau | Chambers | Best Seasons: Winter

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. The woods surrounding the Lake are rather open, mostly mature pine and mixed oak, with a good variety of songbirds and raptors. The major attraction here is 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 Osprey nest in the vicinity. A good spot for rarities, including Great Cormorant, watch the easy-to-see gulls carefully, as numerous unusual gulls can be present along with the more common varieties.

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The Yates Lake Forever Wild Tract

The Yates Lake Forever Wild Tract offers excellent woodland birding along the shores of the Tallapoosa River.  Visitors can access a variety of woodland and riparian habitats via several miles of hiking trails.  Spring and Fall seasons offer great oppo …

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Turnipseed Camp

Piedmont Plateau | Clay | Best Seasons: Spring, Summer

Located in the Talladega National Forest, Turnipseed Camp is an excellent addition to birding in nearby Cheaha State Park.    It provides a nice stop for woodland songbirds, and is easily reached via the Talladega Scenic Byway. This small, rustic campg …

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Wedowee Kiwanis Park

Wedowee Kiwanis Park offers several distinctly different habitats in a relatively compact site. The park is heavily wooded, predominately in hardwoods.  The entrance road, lined in mid-sized hardwoods may produce a few songbirds, particularly in migrat …

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Wind Creek State Park

Wind Creek State Park is situated on a wooded promontory overlooking Lake Martin. Ospreys and Bald Eagles nest on the lake and both species may be seen throughout the year. The lake may attract rafts of wintering ducks, most numerous from late November through February. Very good for riparian warblers in warm months, and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, all year. Numerous picnic pavilions, good lake access for swimming, fishing, and boating.

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