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Winged Deer Park

Birding Seasons:
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Summer B
Fall A
Winter B

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Site Description and Habitats

This park is located on the outskirts of north Johnson City. In addition to numerous athletic fields and lakeshore recreation facilities, there is a nice wooded area with paved and dirt trails, including a disc golf course. Walk the woodland trails and the disc golf course to cover the greatest variety of habitat. Early morning is best, especially on weekends, as the park may get crowded. Restrooms are available at the boat ramp.

A Bald Eagle nest is across the river near the boat ramp.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Northern Parula, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Palm, Pine, Black-throated Green, Tennessee, and Nashville Warblers among many others are possible, Philadelphia Vireo, Swainson's, Gray-cheeked, and Hermit Thrush, Veery, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow.

Summer: White-eyed Vireo, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, Chimney Swift

Winter: Winter Wren, Savannah Sparrow, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch.

Year-Round: Pileated and Hairy Woodpecker, House Finch, Northern Cardinal

Rarities Seen at this Site: Connecticut Warbler

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Detailed directions for birding Winged Deer Park
From Johnson City take Hwy 11-E toward Bristol. After passing the intersection with TN 381, continue for 2 miles, then turn left onto Carroll Creek Road (just before crossing the Devault Bridge over Boone Lake). In 0.4 mile turn either right into the boat launch parking lot or left into a short drive to the woodland parking lot.

The woodland lot is especially good in migration. There are some trails through the woods for walking and birding.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Wooded Lot Parking area: 36.39216, -82.36841
Boat Ramp Parking: 36.39328, -82.3604

When in the area, check out the KINGSPORT BIRDING TRAIL

Fees and Hours
Open year round, daylight hours. No fees associated with daily use.

There are restroom facilities.

Johnson City Parks

Info for other sites
Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site