Booker T. Washington State Park
Site Directions: From I-75 N, take Highway 153 N. Take Highway 58 (Decatur) exit and turn right; proceed north approximately two miles; turn left at the state park sign and follow signs to park.
Lat: 35.11095°N Long: -85.17494°W
Hours: 7:00 am to dark
Seasonality: year round
Site Description: The park lies on the west bank of the lake, river mile 473.5. This 353-acre park is named in honor of Booker Taliagerro Washington who was born into slavery at Hale's Ford, Virginia, but with great determination secured an education and became president of Tuskegee Institute, a black organization for higher education.
The park contains large fragments of hardwood forest, some sizeable Virginia Pine stands, and riparian forest. Be sure to look for birds from the fishing pier and the boat ramp, which are the best areas for viewing the lake at the park.
Wildlife to Watch: From the boat landing and fishing piers Common Loon, Horned Grebe, and Bald Eagles can be observed between November and March. Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, and Long-tailed Duck are a few of the rarities found from there in the winter.