Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSG03: Stonehouse Lake Park
Elevation: 665 ft. Stonehouse Lake provides easy access to more woodland around the lake than either Thrashers or Mill Creek Lakes. The banks are heavily wooded making it perfect habitat for great blue and green herons, belted kingfisher and the occasional pair of wood duck. Downy woodpecker, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, and northern cardinal can all be heard singing deep in the woods, while American goldfinch and eastern kingbird patrol the fields on its periphery. The lake itself hosts numerous eastern painted turtles, with the vegetation along its banks holding several species of dragonflies and damselflies. Look along these edges for widow and slaty skimmers, eastern amberwing, eastern pondhawk, and common whitetail.
From Thrashers Lake Park, return to Rt. 610 and turn left. Go 1.0 mile to Rt. 625 and turn left. Go 0.2 mile to Rt. 830 and turn left. Follow Rt. 830 for 0.7 miles to the lake.