The Park

Prothonotary Warbler

Seven Islands State Birding Park is Tennessee’s 56th state park which is situated just 19 miles east of downtown Knoxville in Knox County.  Much of the land lies in a long bend in the French Broad River.  A former dairy farm, most of the fields have been converted back to native grasslands where birds and white-tailed deer abound.  Three barns and two former homes have been preserved on the property.

The lands comprising much of Seven Islands State Birding Park were acquired in 2002 as a wildlife refuge through a cooperative effort of the Seven Islands Foundation, a non-profit land conservancy, and the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department. The vision, goals and objectives of the Seven Island Foundation included preservation of this property as a wildlife sanctuary and refuge. The state of Tennessee will continue to manage this as a state park for native flora and fauna and low impact, non-consumptive, outdoor activities for enjoyment of the wildlife diversity and natural beauty of Seven Islands.                                    
There are approximately 7 miles of hiking trails which includes a 1.2 mile paved road (for walking only) that runs thru the center of the park.  A boat ramp lies on the eastern boarder of the park and is used for fishing, canoeing and kayaking.  


Common Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing