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Holly Shelter Game Land - Greentree Impoundment


This walk will yield birds representative of southeastern floodplain forest habitat. Start by birding around the parking area for Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Summer Tanager. Head toward the orange gate at the southwest corner of the parking lot, which leads to a trail along a dike that runs parallel to the Northeast Cape Fear River. Volunteers of Audubon NC assist with maintenance of this trail, since it was commemorated as the Dave Richie Memorial Trail in April of 2003. This area provides great opportunities to see migrating and breeding songbirds. In winter, watch for waterfowl in the Greentree Impoundment, which is just a couple hundred yards in from the parking area. The trail, which leads to the edge of the Game Land boundary, is just over 1 mile long. Along it, look for Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Near the end of the trail, the habitat becomes shrubby and opens into a pine woodland. Watch for Brown-headed Nuthatch, Yellow-throated Warbler and Pine Warbler in this area. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager


pine/hardwood forest, floodplain forest, longleaf pine savanna, managed waterfowl impoundments

Special Features/Concerns

Hunting is allowed on Game Lands during certain times of year. Birders should be aware of current hunting regulations and seasons and take adequate safety precautions during those times. For more on hunting season safety precautions, see the hunting season information at the beginning of this guide.

Access and Parking

Parking is available at the boat ramp. Preference is given to those who are trailering a boat and using the ramp. Be sure to park out of the way. It is highly recommended that visitors request a current Game Lands Map Book from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission before visiting.


From Hampstead, follow NC 210 west for 10 miles. Turn right onto Shaw Highway (SR 1520) and follow it for 7 miles to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp on the left.

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