Map to Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park
Parking: Free; no entrance fee. There are a handful of paved parking places including at least one handicap space.
Trails: Very short wooded trails wind throughout the small park. The main trail has a rather steep but short decline down into a little ravine and back up again. It is not too arduous. Official trail map.
Facilities: There are a couple of picnic tables but no restrooms, port-o-lets, or running water.
The Dailey Birder’s Tips: Bring bug spray and lock your vehicle. It’s a bit remote, there’s never anyone else there, and it’s not in the best of neighborhoods.
Target Species: Northern Parula, Painted Bunting, Hermit Thrush, Ovenbird.
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park is the site of a military post dating back to 1862 when it was built as an encampment for troops during the Civil War. It was occupied by both the Union and Confederate armies during the war, and although there was never an actual fort on the property, it was heavily fortified with earthworks and cannon. Today the site is very small, and at approximately 1.3 acres it feels like you’re birding a postage stamp.
There really isn’t much strategy involved here since the park is so small. Simply walk the wooded trails and look for migrant songbirds in season, and resident species year-round. I often include a drive around the surrounding streets on my checklist to this park, which is a good way to add various waders and water birds like Brown Pelican. In spring, this park is great for calling Northern Parula.