Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MTC06: Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Elevation: 1245ft. Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area stretches along the ridge of Turkeycock Mountain, providing several miles of rough gravel roads and numerous paths into this relatively dense hardwood forest. The dense forests sometimes make wildlife somewhat difficult to see. Larger species such as wild turkey and white-tailed deer make themselves visible only when they come in to the open along the roadsides or larger paths. However, a quiet listener can have an easier time finding the smaller birds since they are readily heard in the forest. Bird species found in the area include eastern wood-pewee, great-crested flycatcher, blue jay, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, blue-gray gnatcatcher, wood thrush, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, eastern towhee and American goldfinch. The edges of the pond located on the western end of the WMA are worth checking for sunning eastern painted turtles or skulking ebony jewelwings. Spicebush swallowtails can often be found in sunspots scattered along the road.
From Chatham Heights Park, return to Chatham Road, which becomes Old Chatham Road. Turn left and follow it for 3.1 miles to SR 57/Chatham Road. Turn left, heading north 8.1 miles to Rt. 651/North Fork Road. Turn left on Rt. 651 and follow this road for 2.0 miles to Rt. 619/Sontag Road. Turn right on Rt. 619/Sontag Road and follow it north for 1.3 miles to the wildlife management area on the right.