Map to Camp Milton Historic Preserve
Parking: Free; no entrance fee. There are about fifty paved parking places including at least one handicap space.
Trails: Short wooded trails wind throughout the small park including into a swampy understory on a elevated wooden boardwalk.
Facilities: There are a couple of benches and the restrooms are a pretty good little walk from the main parking lot (see map below).
The Dailey Birder’s Tips: Bring bug spray and lock your vehicle. Use the restroom at a gas station on US1 or somewhere before heading here, as the facilities are a ways from the parking lot here.
Target Species: Eastern Meadowlark
Camp Milton is an important historic civil war site where three miles of earth fortifications were built. An one point over 8,000 Confederate troops inhabited the area as a defense against the Union army. It is now a peaceful and actually quite beautiful park with interpretive exhibits and meandering pathways.
I’ve visited this park on a number of occasions and have found it to be disturbing absent of birds, particularly in the leafy understory along the creek. This area should be teeming with birds but it just isn’t. The best I can say is that it’s a good area to look for Eastern Meadowlark, but otherwise the birding is slow and common species rule the day. You’ll be likely to see or hear Carolina Wren, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied, Downy, and Pileated Woodpeckers.
I would honestly not recommend this park as a birding destination because embodies a bad combination – it is out of the way from any other nearby hotspots and doesn’t have many birds.