Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MFS06: Fred Clifton Park
Elevation: 2930 ft Fred Clifton Park provides breathtaking views of the northern Blue Ridge as well as access to ridge top forest. A densely wooded area of oaks, maples and sassafras surrounds the picnic and parking area. This area holds red-eyed vireo, wood thrush, northern cardinal and American goldfinch and in May and September, can support a high diversity of migrant cuckoos, thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers and grosbeaks. Butterflies can be found cruising through the picnic area at any time of day, with spicebush swallowtail being especially prevalent.
From Union Bridge, return south on Rt. 623 to SR 346. Turn right and follow SR 346 south 0.8 miles to SR 57A. Turn right on SR 57A and follow it south 8.0 miles until it intersects with SR 8. Turn left on SR 8 and continue south 3.9 miles to the intersection with US 58. Turn right on US 58 and follow it west 5.5 miles to the park on the right.