Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: (540) 828-6475
- Site Access: Daily, 8:30am-sunset; admission free (fee to enter the caverns)
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Site MLS08: Grand Caverns Regional Park (Grottoes)
Elevation: 1100 ft. The primary attraction of this regional park is its caves. These striking caverns are well worth exploring. Visitors in the late afternoon may also see a few eastern pipistrelle bats as they exit the cave, as well as a few flying around just inside the entry way. The grounds of the park are a good mix of open and forested habitats, with numerous woodland and open country birds congregating in the area. In spring and summer, look for red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, white-breasted nuthatch, eastern bluebird, gray catbird, indigo bunting, song and chipping sparrows, and American goldfinch. This can be a good place during migration. Butterflies to look for include black, spicebush and eastern tiger swallowtails, great spangled fritillary, red-spotted purple, eastern tailed-blue, hackberry emperor and pearl crescent.
From Mountain View Park, return to Rt. 825/Dogwood Drive and go south 1.3 miles to the park entrance on the right. Proceed an additional 0.2 miles to parking lot.