Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, (276) 783-5196
- Site Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset;
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Site MMR04: Hale Lake
Elevation: 3374 ft. Hale Lake is popular among anglers who come to these quiet mountainside waters in search of a good day of fishing. The Hale Lake Trail, 0.58-mile loop trail is an easy hike around that lake, occasionally veering away from the shoreline and into the surrounding hardwood forests. Birders will probably find this site most productive during migration. In spring, it should be easy to spot several species of warblers and flycatchers. In fall, the lake is likely to invite migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Wood duck breed in the area and can occasionally be seen on the lake. White-tailed deer and wild turkey roam through the surrounding woodlands, and might be found approaching the lake to quench a thirst.
From Comers Rock Campground, continue west on FR 57 for 1.6 miles to the Hale Lake parking lot on the left (Hale Lake is on the right). (CAUTION: FR 57 is a winding dirt road that should not be driven in low clearance vehicles after wet weather or when snow covered).