Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSW02: Ferrum College
Elevation: 1323 ft. Ferrum College offers access to a variety of habitats including open fields, riparian woodlands and a moderate sized lake. All these habitats are easily accessible along the numerous trails that crisscross the campus. Keep a look out for American robin, northern mockingbird and eastern bluebird in the open fields. Species such as tufted titmouse, blue jay, cedar waxwing and Carolina wren can be found along the stream course near the back of campus, while the lake could support migrant waterfowl such as bufflehead as well as resident Canada geese and mallard. After a few hours of wildlife watching around campus, stop in at the Blue Ridge Institute for a look at the unique culture found in the Blue Ridge ranging from early pioneer's homesteading to the development of bluegrass music.
From Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve, return on Rt. 919 to US 220 Business and turn right. Travel south 1.5 miles to SR 40; turn right and travel west 10.2 miles to Rt. 602/Ferrum Mountain Road. Turn right and go 0.5 miles to parking area. To get to the Blue Ridge Institute, return to SR 40, turn right and travel 0.3 miles to the institute on the right.