Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Office, (540) 332-9075
- Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free; Please respect local landowner property boundaries
Site MDS06: S Fork Shenandoah River: Burners Ford Landing
Elevation: 618 ft. Continuing down the river the next access point is the Burners Ford Landing. Just before Burners Ford, paddlers will pass through Compton Rapid, a strong Class II rapid that requires some careful maneuvering to avoid getting wet. Once the rapid is passed, it's an easy cruise down to the ford. It is 4.5 miles to Hazard Mill from this site and there is a two-foot ledge drop along the way. En route, watch the banks for stalking green or great blue herons and keep one eye on the sky in case an osprey or bald eagle happens to fly downstream. On the water itself you may encounter a few wood ducks or, more likely, resident Canada geese and mallard. During migration and in winter these can be joined by a variety of other waterfowl.
From Bealer's Ferry Landing, return to the intersection of Rt. 661 and US 340. Travel north on US 340 for 4.9 miles to Rt. 664. Turn left on Rt. 664 and go west 1.0 mile to river. Note: This is a steep gravel road. The road dead-ends approximately 75 feet from the river. Boats will need to be carried approximately 75 feet to the turnaround at the end of the road. There is limited parking at this site.