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Aug012012

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - Parkers Creek

Description

The Childrens Trail in Parkers Creek begins and ends in the parking lot near Picnic Shelter 3. This destination is located along the first road to the right, once you are inside the park. The short, 0.5-mile trail wanders through stands of loblolly pine and mixed hardwoods/pine forests. The trail crosses several abandoned roadbeds and winds around an old farm pond. Songbirds are plentiful along this trail, and waterfowl and wading birds can often be seen in the farm pond. Another good spot is located at the end of the first road on the left, once you enter Parkers Creek Recreation Area. A small path runs along the shore of the impoundment. The water of the impoundment teems with lily pads during summer and an osprey nesting platform is located at the north end of the pool. Great Crested Flycatcher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher can be heard and seen along the beach parking lot. The impoundment is great for flatwater canoeing and kayaking.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, wintering waterfowl, wading birds

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, mesic forest, small wetland communities, lake

Access and Parking

The park is open 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March and October; 8am to 8pm, April and September; 8am to 9pm, May - August. The park visitor center is open 9am to 5pm, daily. From April - September, the weekend fee is $5 per car, $3 for senior citizens, and $10 per bus. This fee is also charged on weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Separate fees are charged for picnic shelter reservations and campsites.

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