Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site MDS02: Camp Roosevelt


Elevation: 1304 ft. Camp Roosevelt is a pilgrimage of sorts for the wildlife watcher. It was here, in these few acres, where the first Civilian Conservation Corps camp was set up, beginning the greatest single conservation movement in history. The CCC was an initiative of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. His inspired vision of protecting natural resources saved many men from the ravages of unemployment and starvation. The CCC built most of the recreation areas throughout western Virginia, not to mention the roads that lead to them. Camp Roosevelt is now a recreation area and the remains of the CCC camp are just a few moss-covered foundations and towering chimneys yet to crumble. As you wander the woods around Camp Roosevelt scanning over the remnants of a by-gone era, listen for Carolina wrens and red-eyed vireos. Admire the bronzing leaves of the sassafras and its distinctive aroma, or watch a black swallowtail as it flutters on and off a big bull thistle trying to extract a few drops of energy. In the distance listen to the far carrying call of pileated woodpeckers as they traverse acres upon acres of forest set aside for them and for us.


From Rude's Hill, return to Rt. 730 and head east 0.1 miles to US 11. Turn left and go 0.2 miles north on US 11 to Rt. 730. Turn right on Rt. 730 and travel 8.7 miles to the intersection of Rt. 675. Continue straight ahead 0.2 miles to the recreation area on the left.

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