Best Time to Visit This Site:

Winter, Late Spring,Summer

Most Sought Species at This Site:

Least Bittern, Tricolored Heron, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Chuck-will’s-widow, Acadian Flycatcher, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Painted Bunting

McLeod State Park is located on the Jourdan River in Kiln. There is a 2.5 mile long nature trail that runs through a southern mixed hardwood forest and traverses a bayhead swamp. Educational signs provide useful information about the local flora. This habitat is mature and varied enough to support one or two fairly large mixed winter flocks that usually have Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet and similar species that are sometimes difficult to find elsewhere. There are numerous lookouts along the river from which to scan for any waterbirds that might be present. McLeod has a remarkable range of recreational facilities and opportunities associated with its primary function as a state park.  It is in close proximity to many other key birding sites, but it is small and can become crowded and a bit noisy. Other recreational opportunities include fishing, boating, boat ramps, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, a hiking trail, canoe/paddle boat rental, lighted ball field, pavilion, picnic area, and playground. McLeod Park also supports camping, including primitive sites and RV hookups. The facility also provides restrooms, showers, a general store, laundry, groceries, security, firewood, and LP gas units. The site is operated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, and there are entry and camping fees.

GPS: 30.38365 -89.46421 



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Updated: 9/17/2013