Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MFR01: Caledonia Farm — 1812
Elevation: 705 ft. Situated on the lower slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Caledonia Farm is a working cattle farm. The farmhouse, built in 1812 and on the National Register of Historic Places, is a convenient bed and breakfast that serves as a perfect place to explore the neighboring Shenandoah National Park and surrounding environs. The gardens around the farmhouse attract numerous songbirds including eastern phoebe, white-breasted nuthatch, eastern bluebird and chipping sparrow. The proximate open fields provide ample views of the surrounding hillsides and make several species of raptor easy to spot. Black and turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk and American kestrel are all possible, increasingly in the winter. The numerous wildflowers scattered through the fields host several species of butterflies with spicebush swallowtails and red-spotted purple being especially prominent.
From I-66 take Exit #18 and head south on Rt. 688 for 5.7 miles to Rt. 635 in Hume. Turn right and travel west on Rt. 635 for 7.4 miles to US 522. Turn left, heading south on US 522 for 5.1 miles to the Town of Flint Hill. In town, turn right onto Rt. 641/Rt. 628 and continue 1.4 miles to the point at which Dearing Rd./Rt. 628 turns right. Follow Rt. 628 to the right and proceed 0.2 miles to the farm on the left.