CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — On October 26, the Fairfield Glade Hikers will hike Seven Islands State Park, which is among the newest state parks, having been designated Seven Islands State Birding Park in July of 2013.
With about 400 acres along the French Broad River it has eight miles of hiking trails, rolling hills and views of the Smoky Mountains. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded and, with water fowl featured on the river, it is a popular spot for birders. Also within the park is 130 acres of pollinator habitat to help meet the life cycle needs of monarch butterflies. A partnership with the American Chestnut Society has resulted in the establishment of an American Chestnut seed orchard, with thousands of blight resistant seedlings being planted. A truly diverse array of initiatives occur in this state park.
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