Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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  • Site Contact: (540) 432-2335
  • Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; Hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or access permit required.
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Site MLS05: Lake Shenandoah


Elevation: 1303 ft. Lake Shenandoah is known locally for the spectacular waterfowl it can attract during migration and in winter. However, the rich diversity of resident birds makes a visit worthwhile any time of year. There is an easily followed trail in place that hugs the edge of the lake, providing easy access to the entire area. Species to look for during the spring and summer include green and great blue herons, black-crowned night-heron, mallard, wood duck and belted kingfisher. The scrubby bushes and vines around the lake are good places to search for indigo bunting, gray catbird and song sparrow, while fish crow may appear anywhere along the bank. Barn swallow and tree swallow nest nearby and hunt over the lake. In addition to birds, the lake provides habitat for several species of dragonflies, including eastern amberwing, widow skimmer, common whitetail and common green darner. Butterflies around the lake include eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails, red-spotted purple, pearl crescent and various duskywings.


Leaving Lake Campbell, turn right on Rt. 687 and continue south 0.7 miles to the stop sign at the intersection of Shenandoah Lake Road. Continue straight 0.4 miles to lake parking on the left.

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