Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: (276) 431-4444, Duffield Development Authority
- Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free
Other Trails Nearby
Site MDB05: Daniel Boone Trail
Elevation: 1398 ft., This lesser-known trail originates in a small Duffield neighborhood. The hiking trail travels uphill through Powell Mountain and ends at Kane Gap. The first part of the trail is an old gravel road that traverses more narrow footpaths ideal for the hiker, mountain-biker, or horseback rider. This trail is part of the original Daniel Boone Trail/Wilderness Road that eventually leads to Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. Surrounded by hardwood forests, this several-mile trail passes through nesting habitat of vireos, flycatchers, woodpeckers, and a number of other woodland species. Reaching higher elevations, black-throated blue warbler and veery may be seen as well as spectacular views of the valley below. During fall migration, this can be a good venue for hawk watching, as well as enjoying the migrating songbirds. This site traverses the same area and joins with Site MDB03ľKane Gap Trail.
From the Duffield Industrial Park, return to Rt. 772 and turn left. Continue northwest on Rt. 772 for 0.6 miles to the bridge crossing/Rt. 879. Turn left, heading west on Rt. 879/Fraley Avenue for 0.4 miles to the trailhead on the right.