Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Site Contact: Settler's Museum (276) 686-4401,
  • Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free


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Site MBW10: Appalachian Trail near Settler's Museum Groseclose


Elevation: 2608 ft. The Appalachian Trail (AT) in this area passes through a mosaic of woodland and open farmland with several areas of successional fields. The woodland here is predominantly oak, maple and hickory, while the moister valleys are coated with rhododendrons. The AT can be followed south across Glade Mountain into the Jefferson National Forest or north, under I-81, towards Crawfish Valley. This area is a local favorite for finding golden-winged warblers. The habitat also supports numerous other warblers, including worm-eating, black-and-white, ovenbird and yellow-breasted chat, as well as other woodland and edge species.


From Rural Retreat Lake return to Rt. 677 and turn left. Follow Rt. 677 for 0.5 miles to Rt. 670/Pine Glade Rd. and turn right. Follow Rt. 670/Pine Glade Rd. north for 0.6 miles to Rt. 615/Rocky Hollow Rd. Turn left on Rt. 615/Rocky Hollow Rd. and continue for 3.1 miles to the Settler's Museum of Southwest Virginia on the left (after 2.0 miles Rt. 615 turns sharply left). The trail can be found at the museum. To return to the interstate return to Rt. 615/Rocky Hollow Road and turn left (west). Follow this road 0.3 miles to Rt. 683/Phillippi Hollow Rd. Turn right on Rt. 683/Phillippi Hollow Rd. and follow it north 1.5 miles to US 11. Turn right on US 11 and drive 0.3 miles to I-81. From here, go south to start the Clinch Mountain Loop or north to start the Lower New River Loop.

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