top of page

Birdwatching in Monroe County, TN

With all the forests of Monroe County comes a variety of birds to find!
Cherokee National Forest and the trails near the Cherohala Skyway are great places to see our avian neighbors. You can even spot some of them from your porch.

Photo of a Black-billed Cuckoo.
Photo of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Photo of a Black-capped Chickadee
Photo of a Yellow Warbler

Mid-April is the best time to go birding because this is the height of the Spring migration. You can find black-capped chickadees, ravens, woodpeckers, and warblers in the Cherokee National Forest. Near the Cherohala Skyway, you can find black-billed cuckoos, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and yellow wrens.

Photo of a Limpkin
Photo of a Olive-sided Flycatcher
Photo of a Great Horned Owl

Guide books on local birds are available in the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains.

Logo of Tennessee Overhill which features simple graphics of a leaf, a trail, and a clocktower.

Tennessee Overhill has an excellent guide on where to go birdwatching in the area.

Logo of the Tennessee Ornithological Society featuring an illustration of a bird flying over the state of Tennessee.

Tennessee Ornithological Society
has chapters in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Logo of eBird. Just text saying eBird with no extra graphics.

For up-to-date sightings, check out eBird.

The bird photos were taken by:
Kyle Tansley, Monique Maynard, Scott Martin, Brad Imhoff, Mary Rumple, Melissa James, and Luke Seitz.

bottom of page