The woods surrounding the lake are rather open, consisting of mostly mature pine and mixed oak. These woods offer up a variety of songbirds and raptors. The major attraction here is panoramic views of the lake, notable for winter gulls and terns. Look for loons and other waterfowl in colder months, swallows and Purple Martins in the warmer ones. Bald Eagles and Ospreys nest in the vicinity. This is a spot for rarities, including Great Cormorants. Watch the easy-to-see gulls carefully, as numerous unusual gulls can be present along with more common varieties.
Directions: GPS: N32N 55.053’ W085N 10.734’ (Dam) The parks of West Point Dam are on the Alabama side of West Point Lake.
Hardley Creek Park: From the AL/GA State Line, travel north 3.4 miles on CR 212/Stateline Rd to sign for Hardley Creek Park on right.
GPS: N32N 54.922’ W085N 11.517’
Powerhouse Park: Leaving Hardley Creek Park, return to CR 212 and turn right. Drive .2 mile to sign for Powerhouse Park.
GPS: N32N 55.159’ W085N 11.413’
West Overlook Viewpoint: Leaving Powerhouse Park, return to CR 212 and turn right. Drive .6 mile to sign for West Overlook Viewpoint. GPS: N32N 55.570’ W085N 11.772’
West Overlook Park: Leaving West Overlook Viewpoint, return to CR 212 and turn right. Drive .1 mile to sign for West Overlook Park. GPS: N32N 55.858’ W085N 12.078’
Anderson Park: Leaving West Overlook Park, return to CR 212 and turn right. Drive .3 mile to sign for Anderson Park.
GPS: N32N 56.152’ W085N 12.215’
Also, see the West Point Lake page.