Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Site Access: Daily. Hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or access permit required.
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Site MFT02: Goshen - Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area


Elevation: 1558 ft. The Denfield Access to the Goshen-Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area provides access to over 33,000 acres of northern hardwood habitats. The southern end of this area can be accessed from SR 39 on the Lee-Jackson Loop. The trails in this area along Black Run increase in elevation to over 2700 feet. Walking quietly, a visitor may hear the drumming of ruffed grouse, or catch a glimpse of a black bear. Further, as you gain altitude, you may notice a distinct change in the species of birds from the valley to the ridge. The adventurous hiker may want to make for the ridge top where spectacular vistas of the Shenandoah Valley are available. During fall migration, the ridgetops may provide some great views of migrating raptors. Springs and seeps along the western side of Little North Mountain provide habitat for a wide variety of salamanders.


From Montgomery Hall Park, return to Montgomery Avenue. In historic Staunton, turn left onto SR 254 West and travel for 9.4 miles to SR 42 South in Buffalo Gap. Continue straight on SR 42 South for 8.1 miles to Rt. 811. Turn left and go 0.2 miles to Rt. 601. Turn left and follow Rt. 601 for 3.1 miles to the WMA access road (Denfield Hunter Access) on the left. Turn left on the access road and continue 0.2 miles to the kiosk area. This road is controlled by a gate that is open seasonally.

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