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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.

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