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Percy Priest Dam overlook

Birding Seasons:
Spring A
Summer C
Fall A
Winter A

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Site Description and Habitats

The dam area provides expansive views of the lake. The dam overlook is an elevated parking lot that looks down on the lake with stairs to lake side access, while the west parking lot is at lake level. Both sites provide a different viewing experience and lighting conditions depending on time of day.

Be sure to visit the Stone River Greenway below the dam.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Waterfowl (fall) come and go here and it is hit or miss, but Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, and Mallards occur with regularity. In May, Black, Forster’s, and Common Tern can be found, as well as Caspian Terns. All can occur in fall as well. A Sanderling was found walking in the grass below the parking lot at the dam overlook one fall after a storm. Peregrine Falcon flyby is possible.

Summer: Resident "mutt" Mallards and American Coots

Winter: Common Loon, Pied-billed and Horned Grebe, Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s Gulls. Herring Gull may be found on occasion.

Year-Round: Bald Eagle

Rarities Seen at this Site: Pacific Loon, Long-tailed Duck

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Detailed directions for birding Percy Priest Dam
From Nashville, take I-40 East to Exit 219 - Stewarts Ferry Pike, Percy Priest Dam. At the end of the off ramp, make a right onto Stewarts Ferry Pike and travel approximately 1/2 mile to Bell Road (light). Turn left on Bell Road and access to the west parking lot is approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the right with greenway access to the left. The dam overlook is on the right on the far side of the dam.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Overlook from dam: 36.158554, -86.615344
Parking lot on west side of lake: 36.153807, -86.621255

Fees and Hours
The areas are accessible during daylight hours year round. The west parking lot is periodically closed.

There are no restroom facilities.

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site