Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Blue Ridge Highlands Loop


Most of the sites on this loop are in and around Carroll County in the Blue Ridge Highlands. Loop sites span from the New River along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Major J.E.B. Stuart's Birthplace, and end at two wildlife management areas near the City of Galax. The drive between each site is scenic and can provide extensive wildlife watching opportunities from the road (be careful, drivers!). White-tailed deer are abundant throughout this area, as are woodchuck and eastern chipmunk. Some of these sites, such as Major J.E.B. Stuart's Birthplace and the Shot Tower Historical State Park, offer a rich historical experience as well. Other sites, such as Devil's Den Nature Preserve, relay their ancient histories through their fascinating geological characteristics.

Loop Map


Blue Ridge Travel Association

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Galax-Carroll-Grayson Chamber of Commerce

Patrick County Chamber of Commerce

Wythe County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

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