Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Roanoke-Meherrin Summit Loop


The Roanoke-Meherrin Summit Loop revolves around the quiet community of Keysville and the headwaters of three State Scenic Rivers, the Roanoke (Staunton), Meherrin, and Appomattox. The first site on this loop is the highest elevation on the ridge that separates the Roanoke drainage from the Meherrin; two rivers that flow into Albemarle Sound. The second stop at Briery Church offers the opportunity to see the begininngs of the Appomattox watershed which eventually travels to the James River and onto the Chesapeake Bay. The sites along this loop offer access to a number of private properties with a profusion of wildlife rich habitats to explore. These range from the open fields of the New Directions Farm which hold eastern bluebirds and eastern kingbirds to the towering forests and wetlands of Greenfield and the associated mighty pileated woodpeckers and handsome red-headed woodpeckers. Follow the loop further east to the regenerating forests of Hidden Pond Farm and their numerous eastern towhees as well as green herons that can be found stalking the beaver pond. With so many habitats to explore, there is always something to be found along this exciting loop.

Loop Map


Blackstone Chamber of Commerce

Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce

Kenbridge Chamber of Commerce

Lunenburg County Chamber

Victoria Chamber of Commerce

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

Virginia Accomodations Virginia Green