Official Birding Trails in the US: Alabama to Wyoming
As you’re traveling around the country in your RV, you have ample opportunity for bird watching – birding, as many prefer to call it. No matter which state, or states, you drive through, you can find birding trails specifically set aside for looking for our feathered friends.
When planning your trip, you might want to set aside some of your time seeking out these trails. If you’re already an avid birder, maybe you want to dedicate the majority of your time to finding them.
The list below has links to websites that tell about these birding trails in almost every state in the US. I couldn’t find a suitable site for half a dozen of them.
I tried not to use more general sites like Rails to Trails (that is, traillink.com), but that resulted in not finding any good sites at all for a few states. So you might have to use Rails to Trails (see link at the end of the list) or something similar anyway in those cases.
Some of the sites linked to are honestly kind of lame. (Sorry, states with lame sites, but it’s true.) They are in dire need of updating to modern standards. I included them because they were the best available that tried to look at the state as a whole (not just one region, as many Audubon chapters obviously do) when it comes to birding trails.
I hope you find the list useful and are able to incorporate some birding into your next RV trip.
Alabama – Alabama Birding Trails
Alaska – Top Ten Birding Hotspots
Arizona – Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory Birding Guide
Arkansas – Arkansas Birding Trail
California – Sonoma County Regional Parks
Colorado – Colorado Birding Trail
Connecticut – Connecticut Walking and Hiking
Delaware – Delaware Birding Trail
Florida – Navigating the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail
Georgia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
Hawaii – Hawaii Birding Trails (and festival)
Idaho – Idaho Birding Trail (regions)
Illinois – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
Indiana – Indiana Birding Locations
Iowa – Iowa’s Birding Trails
Kansas – Bird Watching
Kentucky – Birding Locations in Kentucky
Louisiana – Louisiana’s Birding Trails
Maine – Maine Birding Trail (publications)
Maryland – Top Spots for Nature Watching and Birding
Massachusetts – Nature and Birding Trails
Michigan – Michigan’s Birding Trail Network
Minnesota – Birding in Minnesota
Mississippi – Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail
Missouri – Missouri Bird Watching
Montana – Montana Birding and Nature Regions
Nebraska – Birding Trails
Nevada – Area Birding Guide
New Hampshire – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
New Jersey – Order Form for Free Guide
New Mexico – Southwest New Mexico Birding Trail
New York – State Parks
North Carolina – North Carolina Birding Trail
North Dakota – Birding in North Dakota
Ohio – Find Ohio Birding Sites by County
State Birding Sites Map
Oklahoma – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
Oregon – Welcome to Oregon Birding Trails
Pennsylvania – Interactive (Birding Trails) Guide
Rhode Island – Bird Watchers Nature Trail
South Carolina – South Carolina Birding Sites
South Dakota – Southeast South Dakota Birding Trail (PDF)
Tennessee – Birding Trails
Texas – Great Texas Wildlife Trails
Utah – Utah Birding Trails
Vermont – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
Virginia – Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Washington – Audubon’s Great Washington State Birding Trail
West Virginia – n/a (See Rails to Trails below.)
Wisconsin – Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail
Wyoming – Wyoming’s Best Birding Spots
If the state you’re interested in doesn’t have a good birding trails site, you can use the Rails to Trail site below.
Rails to Trails – Birding Trails by State
If you know of a better online source of information for birding in a particular state, let me know. I’d be glad to let others know about it too.
About Gary Sonnenberg – Gary is a backyard birder and owner of Optics Owl. He doesn’t own an RV but keeps an eye out for birds whenever he does travel in his sedan. You can contact Gary about the article above by going to the Optics Owl site.