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Signal Point Park

Birding Seasons:
Spring A
Summer C
Fall A
Winter C

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Site Description and Habitats

This 5 acre National Park provides a vantage 1000ft above the Tennessee River Gorge, allowing for incredible views of the gorge. The birding can be good during migration with raptors moving down the gorge or flying way high above. The area is very popular for visitors, but few people bird here (or just birders aren't posting/reporting sightings).

The Cumberland Trail is accessible immediately below the parking area.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawk flights

Summer: Osprey, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Winter: Golden Eagle (possible), Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco

Year-Round: Bald Eagle, Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawk

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Detailed directions for birding Signal Point Park
From US 27 north of Chattanooga, follow US 127 north to town of Signal Mountain. Turn left onto Signal Mountain Blvd following signs to the park.

Scan from the overlook on good days for raptors for a while. In winter, Golden Eagles are possible (with luck). Hike the Cumberland Trail that's accessed here for a little woodland birding.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Parking lot: 35.121137, -85.366366

Fees and Hours
No fees are required to access these areas. The areas are accessible during daylight hours

There are restroom facilities and a great overlook of the gorge!

National Park Service

Info for other sites
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site