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Site MFS05: Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area (Adams Tract)-Union

Description

Elevation: 1003 ft. Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area-Adams tract hosts a wide diversity of habitats including a 55-acre strip-cropped bottom with Gobblintown Creek running through the area. This area has 8 acres of seasonally flooded waterfowl impoundments surrounded by oak and pine forest with marked nature trails. This unique area offers a wide variety of waterfowl, songbirds and wildlife throughout the year. Union Bridge crosses the northern end of Philpott Lake where pristine water unites with steep rocky banks. The forest in this area is primarily white pine with a variety of oaks and maples. This area should be checked in the winter for waterfowl and during migration for waterfowl, shorebirds, cormorants, gulls, and terns. The bridge supports nesting barn swallow and cliff swallow.

Directions

From Fairy Stone State Park, take Rt. 623/Union Bridge Rd. north for 0.1 miles and turn left at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries portal sign to the entrance to the Adams tract before continuing on for 5.0 miles to Union Bridge and the pullout on the right.

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