Historic canopy roads northwest of Tallahassee are an excellent place to watch birds throughout the year.
By Andy Wraithmell | | Published: 4/20/2007
The Miccosukee Greenway is Tallahassee’s most popular, and an excellent place to watch birds throughout the year. It has large tracts of mixed woodland, wide-open grassland, and a small lake about a five-minute walk from the car park.
Winter is my favorite time to visit. It’s hard not to enjoy watching the large flock of Ring-necked Ducks that arrives in the fall, and several pairs of Wood Ducks provide colorful entertainment year-round. A muddy hollow lies adjacent to the lake and fills with water during the winter. I usually find good numbers of Wilson’s Snipe, Killdeer, and Lesser Yellowlegs feeding along its edge, and in the evenings American Robins come down to drink and bathe.
When I’m not admiring the wetland birds, I like to look for the elusive Henslow’s Sparrow. On warm, sunny evenings, I walk along the edge of the woods searching the massive live oaks for wintering warblers. The most exciting bird to show up this past winter was a male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. It stayed for several weeks and attracted folks from all over North Florida and southern Georgia. — Andy Wraithmell
Andy Wraithmell is a freelance writer, photographer, and bird guide who leads walks in the greenway and throughout the area.
At a Glance
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Miccosukee Canopy Road Greenway
5600 Miccosukee Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Mixed soft/hardwood woodland, grassland, lake, scrub.
Typically flat with gentle slopes. Paths are rough in places. No wheelchair access.
Resident: Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-tailed Hawk, Wood Duck, and Eastern Towhee. Winter: Ring-necked Duck, Wilson’s Snipe, Henslow’s Sparrow, and Orange-crowned Warbler. Spring through fall: Mississippi Kite, Orchard Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and Northern Parula. Rarities: Virginia Rail and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
When to go
Good year-round, especially March and April.
17 miles of trails and picnic areas. Chemical toilet in car park.
County park. Admission free. Open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Entrances and parking at Fleischmann Rd. (at west end), Thornton Rd. (near I-10), and Crump Rd. (in the east) as well as Edenfield Rd.
Trail maps available online here and here (PDF format). Arrive early between April and October, when it is hot, wear hiking shoes, and carry water. Bring binoculars and a scope to scan the lake and muddy hollow.