Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MIO04: Hall Road Raptor Viewing Area
Elevation: 3018 ft. Taking Hall Road up Sinking Creek Mountain leads to fantastic views of the surrounding ridges and valleys of Craig and Roanoke Counties. This 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 diminutive eastern-tailed blue.
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. The parking area is on the left.