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Site MHJ07: Blowing Springs Campground
Elevation: 1752 ft. Blowing Springs Campground provides easy access to Little Back Creek and a laid-back trail that follows the creek, providing ample opportunity for viewing wildlife. The water near the campground is large enough to support many of Virginia's more universal water birds, so be on the lookout for great blue and green herons, wood duck and belted kingfisher. The numerous half-chewed trees balancing delicately on the remaining trunk are sure-fire indicators of the presence of beavers. Careful inspection of the stream could produce numerous surprises along its banks. Louisiana waterthrush can be found ‘chipping' and madly bobbing its tail on a streamside rock. Damselflies, such as powdered dancer and ebony jewelwing, are often found resting on the streamside vegetation or on exposed stones in the numerous riffles. Both banks of the creek are wooded with small clearings of shrub cover interspersed with massive yellow poplars. This habitat mosaic provides for species such as indigo bunting, while at the same time supporting more woodland associated species such as American redstart. The more common species tend not to discriminate and Carolina wrens and eastern towhees can be found throughout. Butterflies are also prevalent in the campground and along the trails. Look for black and eastern tiger swallowtails as well as the diminutive and confusing azures. Wildflowers are numerous in season with Asian dayflower particularly dominant.
From Hidden Valley, return to SR 39 and turn right. Follow SR 39 west for 6.4 miles to the campground on the left.