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Site MPO11: Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College


Elevation: 942 ft. This 470-acre site contains grasslands, riparian areas, wetlands and large expanses of contiguous forest. Visitors will be particularly impressed with the wetland restoration work that is returning agricultural pastures to their original wetland state. Visitors can expect to see a variety of songbirds on this property because of the wide array of habitats available. In spring, watch for pine warbler, grasshopper sparrow, Acadian flycatcher, and wood thrush. Mammals on this property include a healthy white-tailed deer population and perhaps a river otter or black bear for quiet visitors. The large expanse of moist grasslands with neighboring wetlands will give visitors a good look at a large number of dragonflies and damselflies. In addition, evening visits should provide a wonderful chorus of spring peepers and other frogs in the spring and early summer.


From Peaks of Otter Recreation Area, take SR 43 South for 6.1 miles. Just after crossing the Big Otter River, there is a gravel pull-off on the left. This area is open daily dawn to dusk. To reach the Claytor Nature Study Center Environmental Education Center, return to SR 43 and turn right. Cross the Big Otter River and turn right immediately on Rt. 682/The Woods Road. Follow this road for 0.8 miles and turn right at the red metal gate.

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