Best Birding in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular birding in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Radnor Lake State Natural Area: Spillway Trail and Lake Trail


This hike takes you around the lake and through heavy woods containing beech, tulip poplar, and sugar maple. April and May offer birders the best opportunity to see many of the 238 species that freque…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Nashville"
Nashville, TN - Birding, Hiking - 3.5 miles
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#2. Ellington Agricultural Center: Eagle Trail and Roberts Walk


This hike passes woodlands, meadows, and creeks throughout a 207-acre area that hosts 124 bird species. Start at the Eagle Trail trailhead, adjoining the parking area, and head west. The Eagle Trail l…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Nashville"
Nashville, TN - Birding, Hiking - 1.7 miles
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#3. Long Hunter State Park: Couchville Lake Trail


Lake, woods, and tree lovers will appreciate the Couchville Lake Arboretum, which borders the trail. Wildlife lovers will like it too, as they may see deer and waterbirds here. A 300-foot wooden bridg…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Nashville"
Nashville, TN - Birding, Hiking - 2.1 miles
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#4. Henry Horton State Park: Wild Turkey Trail


This is a hike for those who love woods, ponds, and the opportunity to see wildlife, including wild turkeys. Hickory and oak trees dominate the woods. A small pond is jumping with frogs and toads in t…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Nashville"
Nashville, TN - Birding, Hiking - 2.3 miles
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#5. Radnor Lake State Natural Area: Spillway Trail and Lake Trail


This hike takes you around the lake and through heavy woods containing beech, tulip poplar, and sugar maple. April and May offer bird-watchers the best opportunity to see many of the 238 species that…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
Oak Hill, TN - Birding, Hiking - 3.5 miles
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#6. Ellington Agricultural Center: Eagle Trail and Roberts Walk


Flower lovers will want to spend time in the Bicentennial Iris Garden that greets them at the end of the Eagle Trail. Circle a ten-acre meadow, whose eastern portion borders Seven Mile Creek, which is…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
Oak Hill, TN - Birding, Hiking - 1.7 miles
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#7. Beaman Park: Creekside Trail and Henry Hollow Loop


This is a great hike for bird-watchers and those who enjoy the sight of woods and limestone walls bordering creeks. The trail goes through rugged landscapes, including ridgetops nearly 1,000 feet high…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
Bordeaux, TN - Birding, Hiking - 3 miles
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#8. Long Hunter State Park: Couchville Lake Trail


Lake, woods, and tree lovers will appreciate the new Couchville Lake Arboretum, which borders the trail. Deer and waterbirds are easy to see while following the trail as it does an easy loop around th…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
La Vergne, TN - Birding, Hiking - 2.1 miles
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#9. Long Hunter State Park: Deer Trail


Lake, woods, and tree lovers will appreciate the new Couchville Lake Arboretum, which borders the trail. Deer and waterbirds are easy to see while following the trail as it does an easy loop around th…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
La Vergne, TN - Birding, Hiking - 1.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Long Hunter State Park: Jones Mill Mountain Bike Trail


Follow the single-track mountain bike trail through cedar glades and hardwood forest, near the shores of Percy Priest Lake. The predominantly oak and hickory forests are home to many birds, including…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
La Vergne, TN - Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 2 miles
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#11. East FlankBattle of Franklin


This is a great hike for Civil War buffs. Walk the fields where the historic Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, and follow Saw Mill Creek, which harbors a beaver lodge. The trail lead…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Nashville"
Franklin, TN - Birding, Hiking - 2 miles
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