Heintoga Spur Road and Nearby Parkway Locations

Cherokee, North Carolina

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Heintooga Spur Road, which includes spruce fir forests, provides a good mix of species found at higher elevations (3,800 to 5,400 feet) in North Carolina. Roadside stops and a bit of walking should result in a productive morning’s birding. Habitats: Spruce fir and hardwood forests. Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Ruffed Grouse; Black-billed Cuckoo; Northern Saw-whet Owl; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Least Flycatcher; Black-capped Chickadee; Brown Creeper; Winter Wren; Veery; Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Hooded, Worm-eating, and Canada Warbler; American Redstart; Scarlet Tanager; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill; Pine Siskin. Year-round: Common Raven; Red-breasted Nuthatch.
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Birding North Carolina

by Edited by Marshall Brooks and Mark Johns (Falcon Guides)

Heintooga Spur Road, which includes spruce fir forests, provides a good mix of species found at higher elevations (3,800 to 5,400 feet) in North Carolina. Roadside stops and a bit of walking should result in a productive morning’s birding. Habitats: Spruce fir and hardwood forests.

Key birds: Summer: Broad-winged Hawk; Ruffed Grouse; Black-billed Cuckoo; Northern Saw-whet Owl; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Least Flycatcher; Black-capped Chickadee; Brown Creeper; Winter Wren; Veery; Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Hooded, Worm-eating, and Canada Warbler; American Redstart; Scarlet Tanager; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Red Crossbill; Pine Siskin. Year-round: Common Raven; Red-breasted Nuthatch.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Cherokee
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best from mid-April until mid-October
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Heintoga Spur Road and Nearby Parkway Locations

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