Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MTC01: Fisher Farm Park
Elevation: 580 ft. Fisher Farm Park lies on the southern edge of Martinsville a few miles north of the North Carolina state line. The park has a number of facilities including a baseball diamond and a picnic area. The tall deciduous forest along the banks of Reds Creek supports an excellent assortment of woodland species. Eastern bluebirds often greet visitors as they patrol the small grassy area near the entrance sign. As the road curves down hill towards the creek look for Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren and northern cardinal in the woods on either side of the road. Upon reaching the bottom keep an eye and an ear out for woodpeckers such as red-bellied, downy and northern flicker. The woods along the river may support a skulking green heron or perhaps a yellow-billed cuckoo hunting caterpillars in the canopy. Open areas around the baseball diamond prove to be worthy of inspection. Five-lined skink can be seen hiding in the cracks along the supporting wall next to the parking area. Spicebush and eastern tiger swallowtails can be seen resting out on the pitchers mound. On occasion the gray squirrels even break from cover and do a quick round of bases before scampering back up the nearest tree. Drive carefully along the route because an eastern box turtle may be found slowly crossing the road.
From the intersection of US 58 and US 58 BUS/US 220 Exit in Martinsville, go north on US 220 for 0.3 miles to Rt. 782. Turn right and go 0.5 mile to Rt. 642/Eggleston Falls Road. Follow this road 0.3 miles until it turns to the right. Proceed 2.1 miles to Rt. 640/Old Mill Road. Turn right and go 0.9 miles to the park on the right. Continue 0.5 miles to the parking area.