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Site MFT05: Braley Pond
Elevation: 2049 ft. This Forest Service site offers pond habitats surrounded by upland hardwood forests and riparian woodlands. Typical hardwood breeders, such as wood thrush, ovenbird, and eastern wood-pewee can be found here in the summer, as well as American redstart and yellow-billed cuckoo. Great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, and red-shouldered hawk are year-round residents. Wild turkey can be found roaming throughout the woods. The pond attracts a diversity of aquatic insect life. Look for dragonflies such as eastern pondhawk and slaty skimmer. Widow skimmer and common whitetail may be found further away from the water. Damselflies such as Rambur's forktail and variable dancer remain in weedy areas, often along water's edge, while ebony jewelwings prefer more wooded habitat. White-tailed deer are abundant throughout the property, as are eastern cottontail, eastern chipmunk, and eastern box turtle.
Exit Elliott Knob and turn left (west) on Rt. 688/Old Parkersburg Turnpike; travel 3.9 miles to Rt. 629/Deerfield Valley Road. Turn right (north) and proceed for 3.2 miles to US 250. Go east on US 250 for 0.4 miles to its intersection with Rt. 715/Braley Pond. Turn left onto Rt. 715/Braley Pond and continue 0.3 miles to the entrance on the left.