Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MMM03: Fries Public Boat Landing
Elevation: 2139 ft. Until 1988, the Town of Fries was a textile mill town. Driving through town to the boat ramp, visitors will pass dozens of identical white houses and the old red brick factory, as well as the dam that provided the mill with hydropower. The boat ramp provides direct access to the New River and a prime vantage point for the careful observer to see a wealth of wildlife. The river is home to green and great blue herons, which are usually first noticed as they fly over the water. On closer inspection, they are often strategically standing in the shadows. They stand stock-still in order to surprise the crayfish, fish and frogs that might eventually become a meal. A lucky observer can see an osprey or bald eagle as they cruise the river looking for a meal.
From New River Trail State Park — Cliffview, turn left out of the parking area and continue on Cliffview Road for 1.5 miles to Rt. 607. Turn right on Rt. 607 and follow it 0.2 miles to Rt. 721/Fries Road. Turn left onto Fries Road and continue for 2.2 miles where Rt. 721 becomes Rt. 606. Travel on Rt. 606 for 3.2 miles into the Town of Fries. The boat landing is on the left next to the red caboose. This site is viewable only by boat.