Poinsett State Park

Poinsett State Park

Overview

Area name

Poinsett State Park

Area Location

Starting from I95 exit 119, take Highway 261 heading to Paxville. Approximately 19 miles to the left turn onto Poinsett Park Soad. The entrance to the park is 1.7 miles, 1.1 miles beyond that is the office to the park.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: winter 9:00 – 6:00, summer 9:00 – 9:00.

Facilities

Background

Poinsett State Park, which has elements of Piedmont and the coastal plain, has various trails meander through the park, though all are inter-connected. Coquina Nature Trail, starts off behind the park office, Hilltop Trail – an aptly named trail which takes you 100 feet above the swamp, and Laurel Group Trail.

The best birding times are April through October in this state park.

Key Birds

Resident

Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch.

Summer

Mississippi Kite, Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chuck-will’s-widow, Whip-poor-will, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Summer tanager.

Winter

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler.