Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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- Site Access: Free; Hall Rd is open daily April 1st -- January 10th
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Site MIO04: Hall Road, Raptor Viewing Stop and Overlook
Taking Hall Road up Sinking Creek Mountain leads to fantastic views of the surrounding ridges and valleys of Craig and Roanoke Counties. This stopping point on Hall Rd., at an elevation of 3,018 ft., has a side road that may be used as a place to pull off, park, and view the scenery, birds, and wildlife of the mountain's ridgetop. It provides an excellent opportunity to witness the annual migration of thousands of birds of prey as they stream north in the spring or disperse south in the fall. Species to look for include turkey and black vultures, red-tailed, broad-winged, Cooper's and sharp-shinned hawks, all of which occur regularly. Less common species that may occur include osprey, bald eagle, and peregrine falcon. The forests on the ridge top support a variety of woodland species, such as red-eyed vireo, worm-eating warbler and scarlet tanager in spring and summer. The roadside bushes in the area attract a variety of butterflies, with spicebush swallowtail being especially common along with the tiny eastern-tailed blue. Please note that this pull off on Hall Road is located in a popular hunting area. It is strongly recommended to wear blaze orange when exploring this site during hunting season. Continuing down Hall Road, approximately 1 mile from this point, is a second overlook that provides another beautiful vantage point of the ridgetop surroundings and an additional opportunity for raptor viewing.
From Lions Club Park in New Castle, turn left (west) on SR 311 and proceed 0.1 miles to SR 42. Turn left (west) on SR 42 and travel for 11.3 miles to Hall Rd. Turn left and go 1.3 miles to the top of the ridge. There is a pull off/ side road to the left that may be used for parking. After viewing at this point, continue approximately 1 more mile down Hall Road to view at a second overlook.