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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Seasons: All
  • Site Contact: (540) 663-3861 nina.cox@dcr.virginia.gov
  • Site Access: Fee, Daily
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Facilities

Fee Hiking Trails Information Interpretive/Nature Programs Parking Phone Picnic Restrooms

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Site CNN01: Caledon Natural Area

Description

This magnificent 2,579-acre park offers numerous wildlife viewing experiences. Habitats include eastern climax forest, more than three miles of Potomac shoreline and managed fields. The visitor center lies on the edge between forest and field. Trailheads leaving from the visitor center offer five well-marked, year-round trails with more than five miles of footpaths. A sixth trail is available from October 1 - March 31. Songbirds feed in the canopy, and visitors can expect to see a variety of species. The trails cross numerous small creeks, which provide habitat for amphibians, and careful listeners may hear gray treefrogs chirping from the canopy overhead. The park is perhaps best known for its opportunities to view bald eagles along the Potomac River. Visitors are encouraged to take part in one of the guided eagle tours ($6 per person, call ahead for information and reservations). The Potomac also offers excellent wading bird and winter waterfowl viewing opportunities.

Directions

From I-95, take Exit 130 (Fredericksburg). Follow SR 3 East for 18. miles to SR 206, turn left, continue 6.3 miles to SR 218/Caledon Road, turn left; the entrance is 1.2 miles ahead on the right. Fee: $2 weekday, $3 weekend/holidays

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