Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site MSL03: Yarrow Hill


Elevation: 2494 ft. Roughly 100 acres comprise the farm and surrounding woodlands of Yarrow Hill. Five miles of trails meander through creekbeds, pine stands, open meadows, fern-covered understories, and eastern hardwood forests. Wooded areas are heavily comprised of maples, cherries, dogwoods, and oaks. These areas house permanent avian residents such as wild turkey, pileated woodpecker, and Carolina wren. Nesting species include yellow-billed cuckoo, hooded warbler, indigo bunting, and yellow-breasted chat. Stands of white pine may echo with calls of great horned owl. A dense understory of alder, spicebush, jewelweed and wild azalea provide cover for brown thrasher, eastern towhee, and gray catbird. Along forest edges, look for hunting red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks. Northern bobwhite rummage through the open fields. Spring-fed streams tumble over a moss-lined rock bed. Housed beneath these rocks are numerous northern dusky salamanders. Other amphibian denizens of this site include American toad and gray treefrog. Red fox, coyote, eastern red squirrel and white-tailed deer make their homes within these extensive woodlands. Large dragonflies such as fawn darner may be also be spied perching on tree trunks.


From Brush Creek Buffalo Farm, return to US 221 in Floyd, turn right (west) and go 9.0 miles to Rt. 750. Turn right on Rt. 750/Alum Ridge and travel 4.6 miles to Rt. 730/Duncan's Chapel Road. Turn left onto Rt. 730/Duncan's Chapel Road for 2.6 miles to Yarrow Hill on the left (1254 Duncan's Chapel Road).

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