Birding at North Peninsula

Two brown pelicans in flight at North Peninsula

A diverse birding experience

Snowy Egret on the beach fishing at the surf
Snowy egret

Come birding with the opportunity to find a diversity of species in very different habitats. North Peninsula State Park is located along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. 

There are multiple sites to view birds from.

Smith Creek Landing

Enjoy the unobstructed view of our marsh restoration site (looking north) a short distance from the parking area. In the 1930s this area was severely impacted by dredging associated with creating the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.

The final phase of the salt marsh restoration project was completed in 2016. The goal of the project was to create a healthy, productive salt marsh habitat that connects to open water, benefiting an extremely wide range of plants and animals.

Many people visit salt marshes simply to watch birds and enjoy nature’s beauty. 

A prairie warbler surrounded by tree foliage
Prairie warbler

Beachside parking area off A1A

Located 4 miles south of Flagler Beach, the scenic but under-birded North Peninsula State Park is ideal for observing brown pelican, Northern gannet, terns, gulls and numerous shorebirds along 2.75 miles of unspoiled beach. 

Coastal Strand Hiking Trail

The Coastal Strand Trail is an invigorating 2.5-mile hike beginning at Smith Creek Landing. Migrating birds rely on these forests for food and shelter following transoceanic or trans-gulf migrations. This is the best site for possibly seeing songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, etc.