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Bakersville Creek Walk


This 1-mile greenway system runs through the town of Bakersville along Cane Creek, past open fields, wooded areas and managed areas with picnic tables and overlooks for fishing. The riparian corridor is narrow with dense vegetation in many places, and hosts Yellow Warbler, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Cedar Waxwing and Song Sparrow during the breeding season. In spring and fall, check for migrating songbirds, including Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, and Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos. Black-throated Green and Tennessee Warblers, Scarlet Tanager, Chimney Swift and Red-tailed Hawk are common here, as well. While parked at the Bowman Middle School parking area, you may cross the road at the crosswalk into a shrubby field that follows the creek. This town property is available for birding and has dense cover for Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Willow Flycatcher and a variety of other species. Be careful crossing the road.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Belted Kingfisher, Blue-headed Vireo, Louisiana Waterthrush, Wood Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole


dry coniferous woodlands, early successional, river/stream

Access and Parking

The site can be accessed daily during daylight hours.


From Spuce Pine, take NC 226 north for 9 miles to Bowman Middle School. Just after the Bowman Middle entrance, turn left into the small parking area with a mosaic hand painted tile sign for Rhododendron Park. Additional parking is located 0.2 miles farther on NC 226, at the State Historic Marker sign on the left.

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