USA Birding Trails

Top 10 Birding Trails in the USA

Bird House Forest - South Hero, Vermont WorldBirder

⇒ 1 Lake Champlain Birding Trail - Vermont and New York

This is the first birding to cross state lines. This trail loops for 300 miles to 87 birding sites in Vermont and New York. It traces the hundred and 10-mile long Lake including its islands, dunes and cliffs. This trail crosses a mosaic of dairy farms, marshes, grasslands and woodlands and is the northeasterly location that is a magnet for wayfaring birds.


California Thrasher - California Central Coast WorldBirder

⇒ 2 Central Coast Birding Trail - California

This is a trail for all seasons and is noted for its resident land birds and migratory water birds. To fully explore this trail you will need to travel in four counties. Pinnacles National Monument in Monterey, La Jolla Canyon in Ventura, Barca Slough in Anna Barbara and Machesna Wilderness in San Luis Obispo.


White Heron - Colonial Coast, Georgia WorldBirder

⇒ 3 Colonial Coast Birding Trail - Georgia

The Colonial Coast Trail weaves bird watching into the states historical roots. Visitors can see birds at civil war forts and plantations, as well as freshwater wetlands, woodlands and tidal rivers. The driving route parallels Interstate 95 in the visitor centers along the way offer plenty of bird watching suggestions for both skilled birders and novices birders.


Virginia Rail Bird Baby - Virginia Wildlife WorldBirder

⇒ 4 Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Completed in 2004, the Virginia trail was the first statewide birding to. It now includes 680 sites organized into 65 driving loops that cover every corner of the Commonwealth. Each loop features unique wildlife viewing experiences and opportunities to explore the local culture and history.


⇒ 5 Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

Tricolor Heron - Texas Coastal WorldBirder

This is often called the great granddaddy of birding to. This trail is 2000 and 110 miles long and is still the biggest birding around. It links more than 300 sites in 41 counties along Texas Gulf Coast and this is a colorful roadmap to well over half of the 600 species found in the state.


Yellow Headed Blackbirds - Mississippi River Basin WorldBirder

⇒ 6 Great River Birding Trail - Mississippi River basin

This trail is a system of easily accessible sites that run along the Great River Road and include parks, overlooks and wildlife refuges where people can observe a variety of bird species and enjoy the scenic beauty of the river valley.


Elegant Trogon - Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail WorldBirder

⇒ 7 Southeastern Arizona Birding Trail

The convergence of four distinct bioregions - the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts and the Sierra Madre and the Rocky Mountains provide a mix for more than 400 species of birds. Summer is the best viewing season and highlights elegant trogons, painted redstarts, and more than a dozen species of hummingbirds.


Pileated Woodpecker - Spencer Island, Washington WorldBirder

⇒ 8 Great Washington Birding Trail - Spencer Island Washington

The Cascades Loop features two thirds of Washington's 365 bird species. There are 68 sites on the loop from Edmonds to Skagit, across the mountains to Lake Chelan and back through Leavenworth. This is the first of six planned routes. The Coulee Corridor is being developed in a loop around the Olympic Peninsula is also planned.


John James Audubon State Park - Kentucky WorldBirder

⇒ 9 John James Audubon Birding Trail - Kentucky

The first, 35-mile segment of the trail starts at the John James Audubon State Park and boasts of 1775-acre waterfowl refuge along the route. There are more driving tours that lead birders through agricultural fields, small caves and reclaim mining sites where one can see more than 200 species on the trails checklist.


Great Florida Birding Trail Sign WorldBirder

⇒ 10 Great Florida Birding Trail

Florida's trail is a network of 489 sites. The four sections are East, West, panhandle, and South Florida. 4060 locations have been added to the east section. The layout highlights many sites all but lost among Florida's vast tourist industry. One can see hundred and five species from roseate spoonbills to endangered scrub jays.