Pine Log Wildlife Management Area to Carter's Lake Professional Review and Guide
"This section is made up of several sites located along US 411 going north from Cartersville toward Chatsworth. The first is Pine Log WMA, with excellent spring and summer birding for migrants and breeding species in hardwood and mixed forest. The entrance gate is closed except for a short time when you can drive in, but either way the birding can be rewarding. There is another gate with a small area of slightly different habitat where you can see Bachman’s Sparrows.
The next site is a loop over Johnson Mountain, for roadside birding along grassy fields and a pine plantation. This short loop can be done in about an hour, and gets you close to grass- and scrub-preferring species. The last site is Carter’s Lake, with year-round scanning potential and some uncommon breeders as well. There are a few waterfowl here in winter, and also some breeding species in the nearby forest. You probably could hit all these sites in one day, but it would be a long one. Key birds: Bachman’s Sparrow, Blue-winged Warbler, Chuck-will’s-widow, Whip-poor-will, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bald Eagle, Cliff and Tree Swallows, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers. ."