It’s so easy to be taken away by the natural beauty surrounding you in the Black Belt region; we urge you not to forget to train your eyes on the tree lines and skies. Alabama’s Black Belt is home to four of the state’s eight trails that make up the Alabama Birding Trails System, highlighting the state’s best spots for observing the delicate beauty of our more than 430 bird species. See the summaries and links below to learn more about the Black Belt’s best places for birdwatching.
For a fun, family-friendly outing to create memories that will last a lifetime, experience the thrill of Alabama Black Belt birdwatching and reconnecting with nature at the Joe family farm. Hop on a tractor-trailer for a 6-mile-long Black Belt nature trail birding excursion observing Mississippi kites, migrating storks, and many other species of birds, as well as fleeting glimpses of other wildlife such as deer, rabbits, wild turkeys, and bobcats.
The Piney Woods Birding Trail links 22 outstanding birding sites in Black Belt counties of Clarke, Conecuh, and Monroe, as well as Washington and Escambia in southwest Alabama. One of the unique features of the Piney Woods Birding Trail is that many sites offer the opportunity to view birds by boat.
The Black Belt Birding Trail features 32 prime Black Belt bird-watching sites across the state’s midsection, from Lake Livingston near the Mississippi border to the Phenix City Riverwalk at the Georgia state line. It includes the following counties: Butler, Choctaw, Dallas, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, Sumter, and Wilcox.
The West Alabama Birding Trail features 28 locations for birding in the western part of Alabama, including rustic Lake Lurleen State Park near Northport and the University of Alabama Arboretum. Black Belt counties covered include Greene, Hale, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa, as well as Bibb, Lamar, Marion, and Walker counties.
The Wiregrass Birding Trail in southeast Alabama includes 20 locations in eight counties and features such favorites as the beautiful Lakepoint State Park and the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. The Black Belt birding trail runs through the Black Belt counties of Barbour, Crenshaw, and Pike, as well as Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties.