47th Avenue South Access
View of Red River from Lower Multi-Use Trail near 47th Ave So Access
Drive south on Belmont Road to 47th Ave S. Turn left and proceed to the curve (see on Map). Park and take the up-and-over path. Here there are 3 options: (1) take the main multi-use trail to the left that proceeds northward along the dike and flood wall to the Sunbeam Trail Head. (2) Take the multi-use trail eastward to the river. This trail follows the river more closely. It eventually turns northward and rejoins the main multi-use trail near the Sunbeam Trail Head. (3) Take the multi-use trail going south for about one-fourth mile.
This access marks the south end of the Sunbeam area. Look for woodpeckers including Red-headed in the cottonwoods along the river. A pair of Indigo Buntings can usually be found along the wooded edges, especially as the trail goes east near the river. Eastern Bluebirds favor the grassy areas with scattered trees. The taller cottonwoods in the grassy areas may host both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. Purple Martins nest in nearby neighborhood and may be seen foraging overhead.
The multi-use trail going south eventually turns westward and goes to King's Walk Golf Course. In about a hundred yards, it begins to parallel a dense forest on the left that is dominated by cottonwood and boxelder. By going off-trail, this forest can be searched for woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches. There are records here for Eastern Screech-Owl, and the boxelders may have Purple Finch in winter.
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