A) Tupelo Bottom and observation deck
B) Blackgum Bottom and bench
C) Round Lake Canoe Launch (primitive)
D) Fern Bottom
E) Slough Crossing
F) Swamp Overlook and bench
G) Barton’s Beach (The Nature Conservancy)
H) Heron Rookery
X) Pavilion and Picnic Area
Y) Parking, Restrooms, and Aerial Photo of the Park
Z) Concrete Boat Ramp (canoes and flat-bottom boats only)
V) Covered Bridge
Old Growth Trees – Bald Cypress, Cherrybark Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Overcup Oak, Sand Post Oak, Basswood (Tilia var. caroliniana), Hickories (Red, Shagbark, Water, and Pignut), Water and Swamp Tupelos, Florida Maple, Hophornbeam, Blackgum, Water-Elm, Slippery Elm, Sweetbay, American Beach, Carolina Silverbell, Pawpaw
Understory Plants – Fern Colonies, Cardinal Flower, American Beautyberry, Native Deciduous Pink Azalea (Rhododendron nudiflorum), Swamp Lily, other Lily spp.
* Identification labels have been placed on many trees.
Perry Lakes Park contains a roofed pavilion, restroom facilities, a covered bridge, and a 100-foot tall birding tower designed and constructed by Architecture graduates from Auburn University’s Rural Studio Program. These facilities as well as the picnic area are supplied with fresh water from the City of Marion. The trail system was designed and established by Dr. Thomas H. Wilson, Judson College Biologist, along with NRCS and Judson College Earth Team volunteers. Funds for the Park Project were allocated from ADECA, the ALA-TOM Resource Conservation and Development Council, the State of Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Alabama Power, and private contributions.
Park Hours: The Park is open daily from daylight until dark and is free of charge to the public.
Absolutely no motorized vehicles off of the entrance gravel road!
Web site: http://www.perrylakes.org
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Perry Lakes Park, including the adjacent Marion State Hatchery woods and ponds and the Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve, is 800 acres of old growth hardwood bottoms, oxbow lakes, swamps, sloughs, streams, hammocks, and high ground environs.
The Park contains 7 miles of interpretive nature trails. Approximately 5 miles of trails are converted fire lanes (marked in red). Two miles of trails are primitive footpaths (marked in blue) which provide an intimate experience within the old growth bottomlands. Many tree species are labeled including several that have been designated as Alabama State Champion Trees. A concrete boat ramp (designated Z on the map and used for canoes and flat-bottom boats only) exists on the heavily silted and shallow Perry Lake. Middle, Round, and Secret Lakes are best explored from the Round Lake canoe launch (designated C on the map) located on the Ridge Trail primitive footpath.
In addition to the great diversity of trees, shrubs, and ferns, the Park also offers an abundance of wildlife. Known for its outstanding birding opportunities, the Park lakes support a large heron rookery along with an abundance of songbirds. A 100-foot tall canopy birding tower allows for an exciting view of the forest and oxbow swamps. The Park/Hatchery bird list contains 206 species of birds. The Prothonotary Warbler, also known as Audubon’s Swamp Warbler, is the signature representative of Perry Lakes Park.