Lake Lurleen State Park
County: Tuscaloosa | Attraction Types: Birding Trail, Outdoor Recreation, Park
Lake Lurleen State Park is named after Alabama’s only female governor. Lurleen Wallace, the wife of former Governor George C. Wallace, was a native of Tuscaloosa County. As Governor she was instrumental in funding a major renovation project of Alabama State Parks.
Lake Lurleen State Park is located 9 miles Northwest of the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Alabama and is 14 miles from the campus of the University of Alabama, home of the “Crimson Tide.”
Lake Lurleen is one of Alabama’s larger state parks, and it offers a lot to the visitor. Be sure to keep an eye out for the birds as you enjoy the hiking trails, lake and scenic beauty, as this is one of the sites along the West Alabama Birding Trail. There are scattered shade trees past the entrance gate and songbirds are often present. In spring, expect Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Kingbirds and abundant numbers of Cliff Swallows. To the left of the fishing pier begins a series of walking trails, some of which parallel the shoreline. Orchard Orioles and Red-headed Woodpeckers may be observed in the pines. Follow the trails to find a good variety of songbirds in the trees on the left hand (inland) side. This is a particularly good area to search for migrants in spring and fall, and for foraging mixed-species feeding flocks in the colder months.
Address: 13226 Lake Lurleen Rd. Coker, AL 35452
Latitude: 33.2959514 | Longitude: -87.67643699
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