Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2018 - 40
Best Mountain State Parks for
(And Other Stuff, Too)
Chip henderson. VisitnC.Com
Spring travels from the south, and a tour of this set of state parks ideal for birding
could be undertaken in the same manner.
by Angela Minor
One hundred years ago the National Audubon Society led
the way to protect birds from harmful human activities.
The end result was passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act (MBTA) of 1918, granting us the privilege in 2018 of
watching, counting, listening to and admiring hundreds
of species that might otherwise be lost.
While contemplating on how to celebrate this momentous centennial, I could see the Blue Ridge just on
the horizon of my hometown. The following birding
journey is now the plan. I'll begin in the south and
touch 15 state parks across seven states in search of
the next avian members for my life list. Join me, won't
Unicoi State Park & Lodge
This small 1,050-acre state park shares the north Georgia
mountains with the vast Chattahoochee Wildlife Man40 BlueRidgeCountry.com
agement Area. It offers all the fun of a larger park including fine programs on the culture, history, and natural surroundings of the area.
LIFE LISTERS: Rusty Blackbird / Willow Flycatcher /
Brown-headed Nuthatch / Wood Thrush / Cerulean Warbler / Kentucky Warbler / Prairie Warbler / Red-headed
BIRD TRAILS: There are 12 miles of nature and hiking
trails and a 53-acre lake; all excellent for birding.
WHERE TO STAY: Unicoi SP offers 105 tent, RV, and trailer campsites with 33 walk-in and 16 shelters; a 100-room
Lodge; and 30 cottages (some pet friendly).
MUST-SEE: The quaint village of nearby Helen, Georgia:
Bavarian charm in the midst of the southern Blue Ridge
Mountains. Enjoy artisanal food and drink, walkable
streets, and natural beauty in Georgia's third most-visited