Birding Site Guide to Hunter-Dawson SHS Printable Site Guide HUNTER-DAWSON STATE HISTORICAL SITE Edge Wade, December 2008 19.8 acres New Madrid Co. DeLorme 68, H-4 GPS: 36.6150453823033,-89.5320510864258 Directions: From I-55 exit #49 (New Madrid), turn onto US 61/62 south and continue for 2.5 miles to Rt. U. Go left (east) onto Rt. U/Dawson Rd. for .8 mile. The historic site office and parking is on the right; the home and grounds are on the left. When to Visit/Species to Expect: Good birding for passerines in spring migration, possibly also in autumn; nesting species in summer. Note: This is a delightful site to visit with a non-birder. The mansion tour is a pleasant diversion. Features of interest to birders: The perimeter of the historical site is comprised of large trees and thick “fencerow” type vegetation. A large open area dominated by a large tree offers good viewing opportunities. Note: Hunter-Dawson Park located on State Hwy. U adjacent to the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is a 24.3 acre city park. Although much is developed, it has a .7 mile walking trail and restroom facilities. The portion contiguous with the historic site and the cemetery are worth exploring. Toilets: In historic site office. Camping: None. Hazards/Limitations: Nearby Birding Sites: New Madrid Bend Access, St. John’s Bayou Access, Donaldson Point CA.