Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CRI05: Glen Lea Athletic Facility(Vawter Street Park)


Within the park, a short, forested trail along a steep-sided ravine supplies the best wildlife viewing opportunities. The upland forests along this trail are known to harbor seven species of woodpeckers, several kinds of flycatchers and vireos, and barred owls. The trail provides access to a powerline cut where the extensive shrubby habitat attracts songbirds like indigo bunting, American goldfinch, and a variety of sparrows. The powerline clearing is also a great spot to find hundreds of dragonflies and butterflies.


From Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, return to the intersection of Lakeside Avenue and US 1. Turn right onto US 1 South/Brook Road and continue for 2.0 miles to Laburnum Avenue. Turn left onto SR 197/Laburnum Avenue, travel 2.2 miles, and turn left onto Vawter Avenue. Proceed 0.7 miles to the entrance to the park on the right. Follow signs to Glen Lea, wooded trail begins at far left side of parking lot.

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