The Ultimate Guide To Asheville
and the Western North Carolina Mountains
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The mountains of Western North Carolina are a bird watcher's paradise and since they cover regions of unspoiled territory, farmlands and woodlands, seeing birds is no problem but finding the best bird watching sites can be a bit tricky. The best resource to solve this dilemma is the NC Wildlife Resources Commission North Carolina Birding Trail. The trail is divided into three sections with the Mountains section obviously covering our region. From their website you may order trail guides which will help you greatly in planning your outings. The trail physically links great bird watching sites and birders with communities, businesses and other local historical and educational attractions. Efforts to develop the North Carolina Birding Trail began in October 2003. As of summer 2009, the Trail is now complete across the entire state - coastal plain, piedmont, and mountain regions.
In Asheville, the North Carolina Arboretum (a site on the North Carolina Birding Trail) offers great bird watching, as does the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs through Asheville. The Western North Carolina Nature Center, located in Asheville, is also a place of interest if you are a bird watcher. In north Asheville, off of Merrimon Avenue, is the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, known locally as a great bird watching site also. From downtown follow Merrimon Avenue north about two miles, and begin watching for the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary on your left. After you pass the North Asheville Public Library, look for stone pillars at a pair of driveways leading to the Sanctuary parking lot.
one of the best sites for bird watching is
Jackson Park, arguably one of the finest migration spots in
North Carolina, with a wide range of habitats being represented in
the park's 317 acres. In late September it is possible to see over
70 bird species as they pass through the park on their way south.