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Beaman Park

Birding Seasons:
Spring A+
Summer A-
Fall B
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

Located in northwest Davidson County on the edge of the Western Highland Rim, the 1500-acre Beaman Park offers residents and visitors a deep-woods birding experience somewhat different from that in the nearby Nashville Basin. With ridge tops and elevations just under 1000 feet, deep hollows and the clear waters of the Little Marrowbone, Henry, and Bull Creeks, the parks flora includes species not common in the Nashville Basin, such as mountain laurel, wild azalea, and blueberries.

Bird species of interest:

Spring and Fall Migration: Louisiana Waterthrush (spring), Worm-eating Warbler (spring), Black-and-white Warbler, any other warbler or vireo is possible. Cape May Warbler is rare in middle Tennessee in spring and can sometimes be found at the parking lot at the top of the steep hill off Little Marrowbone Rd. Ovenbird, Eastern Wood-pewee, and Red-eyed Vireos are common in spring and summer.

Summer: Louisiana Waterthrush, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Indigo Bunting.

Winter: American Goldfinch, Pine Siskins at the feeders (in good irruption years), Fox Sparrow, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Year-Round: Resident woodland birds.

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Detailed directions for birding Beaman Park
Beaman Park is best accessible from Eatons Creek Road in western Davidson County. From I-40 west of Nashville, exit onto Briley Parkway (SR 155) north (Exit 204), or from I-24 north of Nashville, exit onto Briley Parkway west (Exit 43). Take Briley Parkway to Exit 24, Ashland City Highway/SR 12. Exit onto on Ashland City Highway south, away from Ashland City. After 0.4 miles, turn left at the flashing caution sign onto Eatons Creek Road. Go 4 miles to the intersection with Old Hickory Boulevard.

To get to the park nature center, turn left onto Old Hickory Boulevard and watch for the nature center on your right. To get to the trailhead parking area described below in the Birding Beaman Park section, continue northward on Eatons Creek Road for 0.9 miles past Old Hickory Boulevard, and turn left onto Little Marrowbone Road. The park entrance is 0.4 miles farther on the left at 4111 Little Marrowbone Road. Upon entering the gates, make an immediate left turn and continue to the Creekside Trailhead parking area.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Nature Center Parking Lot: 36.262529, -86.893834
Entrance on Little Marrowbone Road: 36.273653, -86.905998

Fees and Hours
Park is open from dawn to dusk, year round. Outdoor Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm. There are no usage fees.

Car break-ins have occurred. Do not leave any valuables inside the car in sight.

Restroom are available at the Outdoor Center and Port-a-potties are available at the trailhead parking lot off Little Marrowbone Road.

Beaman Park Nature Center
5911 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN. 37015

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site