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Aug012012

River Park North

Description

River Park North is a 324-acre park along the Tar River, most of which is rich bottomland forest. The park also contains fields and open areas, and numerous small lakes. Several trails through the property offer excellent birding opportunities. The main trail leading south from the parking area passes by three small lakes before entering a wooded area for a short distance. Watch for Bald Eagle and Osprey overhead and look for waterfowl, grebes and wading birds at the lakes. In the wooded areas, listen for Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, and other birds of moist woodlands. The trail then passes by a power line right-of-way where early successional species such as Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting and Blue Grosbeak may be heard and seen. Finally, the trail enters a cypress swamp forest as it heads toward the river (portions of this section may be closed due to seasonal flooding). The Greenville-River Park North Birding Club maintains a bird list for the property. Inquire at the visitor center for the list.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Prothonotary Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, wintering waterfowl

Habitat

pine/hardwood forest, floodplain forest, early successional, lakes

Access and Parking

An informational kiosk with a map is located near the parking area. Numerous trails leave from the open area just south of the parking area. River Park North is open 6am to 8pm, Tuesday - Sunday (seasonal hours may vary so call ahead). Primitive camping is available by advanced reservation.

Directions

From Memorial Drive (NC 13/11/903) by the Pitt/Greenville Airport, turn east on Airport Road, which turns into Mumford Road in approximately 0.3 miles. The park is located 0.75 miles down Mumford Road on the right. Signs mark the entrance prominently

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