Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MTC09: Jack E. Dalton Park at Kings Mountain
Elevation: 944 ft. Jack E. Dalton Park is unique, unlike any of the other parks found along this loop. Large grassy expanses provide breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge and the surrounding hills as well as valuable habitat for open country bird species. Just past the two baseball diamonds is a large field of grass that holds numerous killdeer and mourning dove. Local birders check this site during migration in the hopes that a ‘grass' piper may turn up. The habitat could support upland sandpiper and American golden plover although neither has been recorded in the county as of yet. The weedy margins of the field run parallel to the park's paved walking trail providing comfortable access to dense thickets filled with indigo buntings, field and chipping sparrows and orchard oriole. Numerous dragonflies including common whitetail, eastern amberwing, and eastern pondhawk also frequent this area.
From the Martinsville City Reservoir, return to SR 174 and turn right, heading west for 0.7 miles to Jack Dalton Road. Turn right and proceed 0.1 miles into the park.