Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSH08: Clear Creek Lake - Bristol
Elevation: 1972 ft. This medium-sized lake is surrounded by a well-maintained golf course. Area creeks drain into the lake and are lined with weeping willows and dense vegetation that holds a good assemblage of nesting birds. Interspersed within the golf course are small woodland lots whose edges attract sparrows and other songbirds. Numerous nest boxes support a healthy population of tree swallows in the spring and summer. Barn swallow and northern rough-winged swallow can also be found feeding over the lake, while the lake's more secluded bays hold great egret, great blue and green herons. Nature lovers only have to travel 0.5 miles northeast along Rt. 625 from the parking area to find a pier that provides access to the north end of the lake. Check at the office for access to this point. This area provides access to a wide variety of habitats. Birding here should be productive throughout the year, especially in winter when the lake offers prime habitat for migrant waterfowl and during times of low water, migrant shorebirds.
From Washington County Park, return to Rt. 664, turn left and immediately right onto Rt. 663. Travel 0.8 miles on Rt. 663 to SR 75. Turn left on SR 75 and continue 0.2 miles to Rt. 663. Turn right, go 0.4 miles to Rt. 665, turn left and then, after 0.2 miles, make a right onto Rt. 663. Follow Rt.663 for 4.4 miles to Rt. 647. Turn left onto Rt. 647 and continue 0.2 miles to Rt. 808. Turn right and take Rt. 808 1.3 miles to US 11/Lee Highway. Turn left onto US 11 and go 1.1 miles south to Rt. 625. Turn right on Rt. 625 and continue 2.1 miles to Rt. 645. Turn right on Rt. 645 and go 0.1 miles to Harleywood Road. Turn left onto Harleywood Road.; the golf course parking area and access to the lake will be on the left after 0.1 miles. To return to the interstate, return to Rt. 645 and backtrack along Rt. 625 to US 11 South. Turn right on US 11 South and follow it to the signs to I-81. From here, travel