Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site MLN02: Riverview Park to Bisset Park/Dedmon Center via water or land


Elevation: 1731 ft.; 1741 ft. The stretch of New River that flows through the City of Radford is perfect for a half-day float or a full day's fishing. The shallow and broad river calmly meanders through the city. The shallow depth makes it easy to get out and walk if you tire of floating downstream. Riding the river provides a new perspective to the riverside habitats and an opportunity to explore areas hard to access from land. When traveling the river, keep a look out for heron fishing along the banks or kingfisher perched high up in the sycamore. Wood duck may skitter out from the shadier sections of river, while osprey may appear overhead to fish along with you for bass and catfish. Along the banks look for dragon- and damselflies such as common green darner or perhaps a prince baskettail endlessly cruising the open water.


From Claytor Lake State Park, return to I-81 and go north to Exit #105. Take Exit #105 to SR 232/West Main Street and follow SR 232/West Main Street north into Radford 2.1 miles to Cowan Street. Turn left on Cowan Street, which quickly ends in a T-junction on River Street. Turn left and follow River Street down to the parking area next to the park.

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