hiking
6 days ago

Great trails. Great to walk your dog too. Saw many puppers. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. The first part of one of the loop trails to the bridge can get pretty hot in Summer because there is no shade. Once you pass the bridge and get more into the natural trail, there is shade

nature trips
1 month ago

This was a really nice trail to walk. Absolutely stunning views from the top.

Spectacular views from this trail!! It’s a bit more advanced than the others due to elevation changes but really nice!!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This was a nice trail to hike during the COVID fiasco. Good to get outside and be in nature. The trail was a bit muddy, but given that it rained all day the day before, it wasn’t unexpected. We saw 50+ deer and countless birds. Overall a very nice day out of the house.

One of the more easier trails to walk, lots of scenery, deer, birds, people...lol vey relaxing hike.

hiking
1 month ago

9ne of my favorites great view of mtns and river

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great family outing. The trail had a great variety of woods, water, and paved areas!

This is a lovely newish park that caters to bird watchers, families, and casual hikers. There is a paved path suitable for easy biking, and several dirt paths off of it in various ecosystems: river, farmland, lightly wooded. A bridge over one branch of the river has 6 observation areas to watch for aquatic birds and other wildlife. We were there mid day, but plan to return in the early morning or evening, as this is when the most bird activity can be observed. Also, there is a wider variety of birds during spring and fall migration.

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muddy
2 months ago

Fun trail but very little shade... lots of fields.. of coarse it is a bird sancuary... best on overcast day. Trail was a little muddy dew to recent rain most of the trails are grassy which is nice for a change

Highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a dog friendly trail with great views. We did see several deer in the field right next to us. It was also great to see a ranger on the trail, as well as Knox County Sheriffs on bike patrol. Beautiful setting here at Seven Islands.

hiking
flooded
3 months ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I have walked this trail multiple times. Always feel safe here. They make improvements and keep it up well.

Very nice park, animal friendly, handicapped accessable, nice easy walk along the river!

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous views and peaceful atmosphere. Great trail for dog walking too!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike along the French Broad River. Many birds and deer to see. Most reviews written in summer complained of conditions (too hot, sunny, bugs, etc.) however early December was perfect weather. Just not much foliage to look at. Although, in my opinion, made for better viewing. All in all, would recommend.

nice trail but should have more specific markings for all trail options. All in all a good walk for the cardiovascular system.

Basic trail

paddle sports
10 months ago

We actually only ran a portion of this trail near the waters bend. it was fine but full sun so it was pretty hot. Most of the time spent here was kayaking. the water was pretty low so it was pretty sketchy and some spots. We kayak with the current. We parked one car up the current at the actual boat dock in the bird park. Parked the other car at the boat dock about 14 miles away. (hopefully I can modify this later because I need to put the names of the sites). Many blogs said that we could kayak these two points and two hours. Not even remotely close to be untrue. I would tell anyone at any skill level to at least give yourself a good three hours on the water if you are off and on paddling. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. make time to pull over on to the banks where it looks like a beach core on the right side of the split. hangout have some lunch. The right side of the split was too low for us to go so we had to take the left side. My biggest warning would be to check water levels before you go because we barely made it in certain sections we did hit bottom. The current was not as strong as the blog said. We had to do quite a bit of paddling the first hour and the last hour cuz the current definitely was not pushing us fast enough. Most of the animal life out there where turtles in the water. On the left side of the split is where we seen all the birds lots and lots of them. the water is pretty decently clear and clean and 90% of it. A few spots where current is very low you could smell the area and see all the water bugs. All in all I highly recommend this trip to be an early morning trip or an afternoon trip so that you don't get stuck in the sun at the 2-4 pm window. However I could see this being a mosquito infested ride if you did an afternoon trip and especially if the wind speed was low. see pictures I added with blue kayak and circled points to park. It was a 6 mile paddle from point a to b on left of split. If you do not want to paddle much and rely on riding the current more, except at least 4 hour's from these to spots.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Take Kelley toward the park entrance then turn on the gravel road to the left for the boat ramp. This is where the trailhead is - Google maps will take you to a neighborhood (where you are currently able to cut through the small line of trees to get to the correct area). The trail is a mowed path that goes along the river, going into a field for parts of it. The hike was easy. Took my dog. I saw no other visitors while I was there. The path is only marked at places where it comes out or intersects with other paths, but is still fairly easy to follow. Make sure to wear bug spray and check for ticks.

absolutely beautiful views

hiking
no shade
Fri May 17 2019

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Nice while in the woods but too open and no sun protection.

hiking
Wed Apr 24 2019

Lovely trail along the French Broad with beautiful views and glimpses of the local wildlife. Easy, mostly flat trail, perfect for dog walks however please be aware of ticks! We have removed around 50 ticks off our 3 dogs since finishing this trail and a few off ourselves- other than the ticks this is a perfect trail that I highly recommend!

This is an easy trail suitable for all hiking levels. While we enjoyed this trail in early spring, I would imagine it offers wonderful opportunities to photograph an array of wildflowers and critters throughout the year. Birding enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this trail. While I don’t know much about birds, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the variety of birds along energy portion of the trail. The terrain is surprisingly varied and you’ll enjoy the diversity of microclimates. Keep an eye out for fungi and moss. If you take this trail on a sunny day, don’t forget your sunglasses as there is not a lot of cover.

hiking
muddy
Sat Mar 23 2019

muddy
Sat Jan 26 2019

The French Broad River was running pretty high, so the trail was a bit muddy. Birding was fair. we saw Orange Crowned Warblers, Mockingbirds, Cardinals, Savannah and Song Sparrows, Kestrels, Blue Jays, Hairy Woodpeckers and Carolina Wrens. I think this would be a much better trail in early Spring or late Fall.

Very beautiful walk saw lots of deer

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