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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

South Holston Loop

Description

Straddling the border between Tennessee and Virginia, the brick red shores of South Holston Lake offer endless surprises including migrant shorebirds, nesting cliff swallows, and bald eagles soaring high overhead. The area's history is highlighted along the Virginia Creeper Trail, an exemplary rails-to-trails project leading from downtown Abingdon onto the scenic slopes of Whitetop Mountain in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area. Such a high diversity of habitats results in prolific wildlife and numerous opportunities for the wildlife enthusiast. The open fields and rolling hills that surround South Holston Lake resound with the songs of indigo bunting and eastern kingbird, which are easily encountered along the Virginia Creeper Trail. Wood duck, muskrat, green heron and painted turtle can be found in the deepest recesses of South Holston Lake's swampier sections. Climbing upwards away from the heat, visitors will encounter cool, clear streams teaming with trout as black-throated blue warbler sing overhead and Louisiana waterthrush chip from stone to stone. Careful exploration is sure to unveil further treasures and add to the memorable experiences.

Loop Map

Services

Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau
800.454.3400
acvb@abingdon.com

Blue Ridge Travel Association
276.619.5003
info@virginiablueridge.com

Bristol Chamber of Commerce
423.898.4950
lmeadows@bristolchamber.org

Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau
423.989.4875
mbolas@bristolchamber.org

City of Damascus
276.475.3542
dsgoodman@naxs.net

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
276.628.8141
chamber@eva.org

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

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