Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MFS08: The Reynolds Homestead
Elevation: 1116 ft The Reynolds Homestead provides access to 712 acres of fields and hardwood forest on the slopes of No Business Mountain. This forest holds a good assemblage of eastern forest birds including ruby-throated hummingbird, a variety of woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewee, Acadian flycatcher, eastern phoebe, eastern kingbird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, and eastern meadowlark. Just down the hill from the homestead is a small garden with numerous flowering bushes, which attract a variety of butterflies. These include great spangled fritillary, eastern tiger swallowtail and silver-spotted skipper. Dragon- and damselflies in the area include widow skimmer and ebony jewelwing along the stream. While at the Reynolds Homestead, you may also want to visit the historic Reynolds home site and learn about the history of the area. In addition, Virginia Tech conducts a variety of research projects at the Homestead at its Forest Resources Research Center.
From Bull Mountain Farm, return to US 58 and turn left. Continue east on US 58 for 4.5 miles to Rt. 626. Turn left and follow Rt. 626 for 3.2 miles to Rt. 798/Homestead Lane. Turn left and proceed 0.4 miles to the parking area. To return to a major road, follow Rt. 626 back to US 58. Follow US 58 east to US 220 or west to Meadows of Dan and the Blue Ridge Parkway to start the Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop.