Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MMM08: Grayson County Recreation Park
Elevation: 2581 ft. Located on the eastern edge of the Town of Independence, this park provides a variety of facilities for outside activities. In addition to a running track and public swimming pool, a short trail meanders through the forested hillsides of both hardwood and pine dominant areas. Pines also decorate the park picnic area. The areas closer to the running track and parking areas consist of open fields and shrubby areas. In mid-summer, search these shrubby areas for fruiting blackberries. Birds found in these habitats include typical woodland and open land species. Look for eastern wood-pewee in the pine trees surrounding the picnic shelters. A variety of warblers have been seen in the park during migration.
From the Baywood Boat Landing, return to US 58 and continue west 5.6 miles to the edge of the Town of Independence. Turn right onto Rt. 1124/Grayson Avenue and proceed 0.1 miles to Powerhouse Road. Turn right and travel 0.4 miles to County Park Road. Follow this road 0.1 miles into the park.