Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

3540 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, 32309
(850) 487-4556
8am to sunset

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

More widely known for its historic gardens, this park also offers native habitat great for birding. Try the brief trails along the lake at the Lake Hall Recreation Area for wintering Orange-crowned Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos. A few Dark-eyed Juncos can often be found around the large picnic pavilion in winter. For a longer hike, hit the Lake Overstreet multi-use trails. These are more rustic so be sure to pick up a map and bring water. A pair of Bald Eagles nest on Lake Overstreet so look out for them between December and May. Other species like Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Great Horned Owl and Wild Turkey can also be found on the trails. Over 20 species of wood-warbler have been recorded during fall migration including Canada and Blackburnian. In fall, be sure to check the many Florida Dogwoods in the gardens as the fruit often attracts Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles. White-breasted Nuthatches are common around the gardens and an Ash-throated Flycatcher was found near the Maclay House several years ago. The recreation area and gardens have wheelchair access. Loaner binoculars are available at the park entrance, ask the Ranger or call ahead for more information.

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