Local Birding Sites

There are many wonderful birding spots in western North Carolina. This area is well-known for its biodiversity due to the presence of myriad habitat types, from old-field early successional to spruce-fir forest on the tops of the tallest mountains. During the spring and summer months, our region is home to many migratory bird species that breed in the mountains, such as warblers, tanagers, and vireos. In winter, many species—including waterfowl and sparrows—that breed in the northern U.S. and Canada migrate south and overwinter in our area.

The interactive map below shows some of the most popular birding sites in the Asheville area. Click on map markers to view site names or click on the icon in the upper left corner to expand the site list. 

Site descriptions are adapted from NC Birding Trail information. 


A larger map can be viewed by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of the map.


Additional information about these sites (and many others!) can be found on the NC Birding Trail website.

Formerly the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Blue Ridge Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding counties in western North Carolina.

Our mission is to protect birds and the places they depend on. We believe that a world in which birds thrive is a world that benefits all living things.


Our vision is a vibrant and just community where the protection of birds and our natural world is valued by everyone.

Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter

PO Box 18711

Asheville, NC 28814


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Blue Ridge Audubon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.