Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: (276) 328-2931, Clinch Ranger District
- Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission fee required
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Site MAW05: Bark Camp Lake
Elevation: 2734 ft., Bark Camp Lake is a 45-acre lake with a 3.25-mile lakeshore trail that traverses woodland forests, rhododendron thickets, and lakeside habitats. This site is connected to the preceding and subsequent sites via the Chief Benge Scout Trail. The Lakeshore Trail is a great place to look for waterfowl in early winter. Most eastern warblers and several thrushes and tanagers can be found during migration. In summer, look for common nesting birds such as northern parula, American redstart, hooded, chestnut-sided, and black-and-white warblers, as well as blue-gray gnatcatcher, Acadian flycatcher, blue-headed and red-eyed vireos, and even the spectacular scarlet tanager. Near the parking lot, look for eastern bluebird and other open land favoring birds. This is also a good site to look for raptors and nocturnal birds of prey. Broad-winged and red-shouldered hawks nest here. Campers can be serenaded nightly by great horned, barred, and eastern screech-owls.
From Falls of Little Stony Creek, return north on FR 701 for 0.8 miles to FR 700. Turn left, heading west, on FR 700 for 3.5 miles to the T-intersection with Rt. 822. Take a right onto Rt. 822. Follow the signs for Bark Camp Lake for 1.0 mile to the lake entrance road on the left. Turn left and continue for another 0.9 miles, following signs to the boat ramp.