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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Mount Rogers Loop

Description

Many of the sites in the Mount Rogers Loop are within the 150,000 acres of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, a part of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. This entire region is often referred to as the "rooftop of Virginia," because it is home to the highest point in the Old Dominion. The summit of Mount Rogers stands at an elevation of 5729 feet, while Virginia's second highest peak is nearby Whitetop Mountain at 5520 feet. The high elevation range makes this a magnificent stop for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Neotropical songbirds typically nesting in more northern climates can be found breeding within this region. Blackburnian warbler, black-capped chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet and even red crossbill and northern saw-whet owl may be found here in summer. Salamander diversity includes an abundance of Jordan's salamander, and rarities such as pygmy salamander. Visitors should anticipate cooler temperatures at these higher elevations even during summer, despite the warmer climate of surrounding areas of lower elevations. The Appalachian Trail meanders throughout this area as well.

Loop Map

Services

Backcountry
276.356.9782
info@virginiabackcountry.com

Blue Ridge Travel Association
276.619.5003
info@virginiablueridge.com

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
276.728.5397
carrollchamber@aisva.net

City of Damascus
276.475.3542
dsgoodman@naxs.net

Galax-Carroll-Grayson Chamber of Commerce
276.236.2184
email@gcgchamber.com

Grayson County Tourist Information Center
276.773.3711
grayson@ls.net

Smyth County Chamber of Commerce
276.783.3161
info@smythchamber.org

Smyth County Chamber of Commerce
276.783.3161
smythcofc@netva.com

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
276.628.8141
chamber@eva.org

Wythe County Parks, Recreation and Tourism
276.223.6022
rekohl@wytheco.org

Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce
276.223.3365
chamber@wytheville.com

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

Virginia Accomodations Virginia Green