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Aug012012

Blue Jay Point County Park

Description

More than 120 bird species have been documented at this 236-acre park that has a primary focus of environmental education. Park attractions include 5 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground and open-play fields. The upland areas offer opportunities to view both Summer and Scarlet Tanagers during summer, and a variety of woodpeckers year-round. The Sandy Point and Blue Jay Point Trails lead to the shore of Falls Lake where Osprey are common during summer and migration. These routes also offer chances to see gulls, terns and wading birds during winter. Both the Sparkleberry and Azalea Loop Trails are nice, short walks for migrating songbirds during spring and fall. Open areas of the park are best for raptors, and there is a bluebird box trail that runs around the perimeter of the open-play fields. The bird feeder demonstration area around the Blue Jay Center is a productive spot year-round for casual birding at the beginning or end of the day. Here you can enjoy birding from the comfort of a rocking chair!

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, woodpeckers

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, mesic forest, lake

Access and Parking

The site is open daily 8am to sunset. The visitor center is open daily, 8am to 5pm.

Directions

From the I-440 Beltline, take exit 8 (Six Forks Road) north. Stay on Six Forks Road for 8 miles and watch for the left-hand turn it makes in the community of Bayleaf. Just under 1 mile after the turn, Six Forks Road will cross a fork of Falls Lake. After this crossing, watch for the intersection of Pleasant Union Church Road. Turn right on Pleasant Union Church Road, which leads to the entrance of Blue Jay Point County Park.

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