One hundred. That’s how many different species of birds a novice bird watcher can spot right here in Kingsport. It’s no wonder, then, says Rack Cross, project manager of the Kingsport Birding Trail, why birding has become such a popular pastime. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that bird watching is currently the fastest growing outdoor activity.
“When you start participating in the activity of bird watching, you come to realize that nearly anyone can do it, nearly anywhere and at nearly no cost,” Cross said. “Birds are fun to watch, and they’re beautiful. And it’s very family-oriented.”
The KBT –– a city of Kingsport endeavor –– is a driving trail that winds its way through the Model City. It’s perfect for beginners and is as “easy as A-B-C-D-E-F-G to find,” Cross said.
“There are 11 stops currently on the trail [in alphabetical order], including Allandale Mansion, Bays Mountain Park, Cattails at MeadowView, Domtar Park, Eastman Park, Fort Patrick Henry Dam and the Greenbelt –– five of the stops are along the Greenbelt,” he said.
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