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.