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Travel Tip: Birdwatching Trails in America

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birdwatchingAt least 30 states have birdwatching trails, and you don’t necessarily have to be a birdwatching enthusiast to get something out of it.

Today, birding is ranked 15 on a list of the most popular outdoor activities, with about 85 million Americans participating.

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail was the first birding trail in the U.S. We’re talking about more than 950 bird-watching sites on 9 different wildlife trail maps, with driving directions and area-specific guides.

On the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, you can see 250 species of birds on 2,000 miles in the south-central region. The trail covers the Everglades, where you can birdwatch while on a swamp tour.

But it’s not all about the birds. These trails can also incorporate historical and cultural sites. On the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, you can see Civil War battlefields as well as eastern bluebirds, mallards, and the eastern tiger swallowtail.

Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail includes Cumberland Island, which was a former summer retreat for members of the Carnegie Family. Over 335 species of birds have been recorded here including bald eagles and falcons. But that’s not all. You’ll also find wild horses and 50 miles of hiking trails.

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