Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MLN04: Wildwood Park
Elevation: 1811 ft. Wildwood Park takes the visitor away from the New River and into the wilderness in the heart of Radford. This area of prosperous woodland and dripping cliffs is hidden among the residential neighborhoods of Radford, providing the perfect spot for a relaxing walk or a bicycle ride through the scenic woods. The birds in the park are numerous and easily heard, but seeing some of them is more of a challenge. Still, mourning dove, ruby-throated hummingbird, chimney swift, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewee, eastern phoebe, blue jay, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, gray catbird, red-eyed vireo, indigo bunting and American goldfinch could be encountered during a visit. The diversity and numbers only increase during various times of year, with more species occurring during migration and a different variety during the winter. The trails and butterfly gardens throughout the park provide an opportunity to inspect a variety of wildflowers with chicory, everlasting pea and Queen Anne's lace being especially prevalent. This abundance of flowers provides habitat for over 70 species of butterflies.
From Riverview Park, return to SR 232/West Main Street and turn left into the City of Radford. Follow SR 232/West Main Street through downtown Radford 2.3 miles to its intersection with US 11. The bridge across the New River will be on the left at this stoplight. Continue on East Main Street through this stoplight and go 0.2 miles to the entrance into the park on the right.