Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Office, (540) 332-9075
  • Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free; Please respect local landowner property boundaries


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Site MDS05: S Fork Shenandoah River: Bealer's Ferry Landing


Elevation: 680 ft. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River meanders quietly between sycamore-covered banks as it moves towards Front Royal. Roadside access to the river at Bealer's Ferry Landing provides a convenient spot to put in or take out a canoe or kayak and enjoy the float downstream. It is 11.5 river miles to the next site, so be prepared to spend some time exploring the river. In addition, there are several Class II rapids along this stretch. Careful inspection of the smaller creatures along the river could reveal an American rubyspot or powdered dancer damselfly. Notice the number of dragonflies following you downstream. While you're floating down the river, look for black-shouldered spinylegs, common green darner and eastern amberwing.


From Catherine Furnace return down Newport Road to US 340 and turn left onto US 340 North. Continue north 2.5 miles to US 340 North Business. Turn right onto US 340 North Business and continue approximately 12.0 miles into the Town of Luray. Continue straight through the traffic light and stay on US 340 Business North for 5.6 miles to Rt. 661/Cavalier Road. Turn left on Rt. 661 and go 1. 5 miles to the river.

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