Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MBR06: Stewarts Creek Wildlife Management Area
Elevation: 1544 ft. Perhaps Stewarts Creek is best known among locals for its high quality native brook trout fishing. This 1087-acre wildlife management area is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains and includes both the North and South forks of Stewarts Creek. Clear mountainside waters rush over rocky outcrops overlooked by extensive rhododendron thickets. The younger lowland creek bottoms, where not heavily vegetated by rhododendron, are wooded with yellow birch, tulip poplar, and several species of magnolias. Older, mature-growth forests at higher elevations are primarily composed of oaks, hickories, and maples. This is an excellent area to spy a diversity of wildlife. Canada warbler can be found in rhododendron thickets. In the woodlands at lower elevations, look for hooded and black-and-white warblers, American redstart, and wood thrush. In the more mature forests of upland areas, listen and look for black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers, scarlet tanager and veery. Wild turkey, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, and gray squirrel are abundant at Stewarts Creek; the elusive red fox may be seen as well.
From J.E.B. Stuart's Birthplace, return to the Blue Ridge Parkway and its intersection with Rt. 631 just off of Rt. 608. Turn left and follow this road approximately 13.0 miles west to the junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and US 52. Travel north on US 52 for 0.9 miles to SR 148, turn left on SR 148 and go 0.8 miles to I-77. From the junction of SR 148 and I-77 west of Fancy Gap, take I-77 South for 7.5 miles to Rt. 620/Lambsburg Road (Exit #1). Turn right, heading west on Rt. 620/Lambsburg Road for 1.2 miles to Rt. 696/Chestnut Grove Road. Turn left onto Rt. 696/Chestnut Grove Road and travel 0.6 miles to Rt. 795/Parkwood Road. Turn right onto Rt. 795/Parkwood Road; proceed 1.2 miles to the end of state maintenance.