Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MSW03: Waid Park
Elevation: 1152 ft. This sprawling 512-acre park has numerous attractions to offer the wildlife watcher. A nature trail leads from the first parking area on the left into pine woodlands that support numerous breeding birds as well as white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos in winter. White-breasted nuthatches could occur throughout the year. Traveling down the hill to the next parking area provides access to a seasonal wetland that can support a variety of waterfowl during winter and migration including hooded merganser. In summer, the wetland attracts several species of damsel- and dragonflies. Numerous swallowtails, sulphurs and skippers should be searched for in the more open areas of the park, as should eastern bluebird and killdeer.
From Ferrum College, return northeast on SR 40 for 8.0 miles to Rt. 640, turn left and continue 1.8 miles west to Rt. 800. Turn left and take Rt. 800 south 0.7 miles into the park to the parking area.