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Peeler Park

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Site Description and Habitats

Peeler Park has several miles of paved greenway paths that travel along the Cumberland River, through mixed hardwood forests, and fields. The greenway attracts runners and walkers, but the variety of habitats make the park very interesting for bird watching.

Bird species of interest:

Spring and Fall Migration: A wide variety of warblers, vireos, and thrushes may be found in spring, along with flycatchers. Great Blue Herons have a small nesting colony along the river, just off the main trail. Some more common migrants include Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, and Blackpoll Warbler (later is spring only), Swainson's Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-pewee, and Scarlet Tanager.

Summer: Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Great crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireo are regular nesting birds and encountered from the trails.

Winter: Song, Swamp, White-throated, Fox, and Field Sparrows can be common in the fields and wood edges. Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Hermit Thrush and Winter Wren can be regularly encountered as well.

Year-Round: Bald Eagle’s nest in the vicinity. Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, among other residents.

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
Butterflies and dragonflies can be common and varied.

Detailed directions for birding Peeler Park
From I-65, take exit 92 (Old Hickory Blvd.) east towards Hwy 31E (Gallatin Pike). Take Hwy 31E south and turn left onto Neely’s Bend Rd and follow approximately 6 miles to the end of the road and the entrance to the park. Peeler Park can be reached from Briley Parkway. Take Exit 14 and travel north on Hwy 31E (exit letter, A or B, depends on your direction of travel) to Neely’s Bend Rd. Turn right on Neely’s Bend Rd and follow to entrance to the park.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Park Entrance - Parking Lot: 36.19459, -86.66065

Fees and Hours
Site is open year round, from dawn to dusk and there are no entrance fees.

There are no restrooms.

Metro Greenways Commission
Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Department
P.O. Box 196340
Nashville, TN 37219-6340

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site