Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MTC10: Collinsville Jaycee Park
Elevation: 1039 ft. This 27-acre park is primarily composed of deciduous woodland surrounded by residential development. The park has a perennial stream that provides a water source for animals and is an excellent focal point for any visit. From the central picnic area a trail meanders through the woods providing several opportunities to look into the treetops along the stream course. The site is reportedly at its best in the fall and spring when numerous migrant songbirds drop in for a snack or a bath in the creek. Throughout the year the park hosts many of Virginia's typical woodland bird species. The ubiquitous Carolina chickadee and tufted titmouse are joined by white-breasted nuthatch and eastern wood-pewee, while the numerous large trees attract hairy, downy, red-bellied and pileated woodpeckers. The wildflowers along the wood's edge attract butterflies such as the prolific spicebush swallowtail. Look along the creek for common whitetail. Although the park is surrounded by housing, white-tailed deer are numerous in the park and are readily seen.
From Jack E. Dalton Park, return to SR 174/Kings Mountain Road and turn right. Follow this road 0.8 miles to Colonial Street. Turn left and then immediately left again onto Parkwood Court. The park is on the right. To return to a major road, return to SR 174 and turn right. Follow this south to SR 57 West. Follow this road to US 220. Continue to follow SR 57 West to begin the Fairystone Loop.