Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site PAP06: Horsepen Lake Wildlife Management Area


Located near the geographic center of Virginia, Horsepen Lake Wildlife Management Area is centered by 18-acre Horsepen Lake, but offers much more. The management area totals 3,065 acres, mostly forested, but with enough open land to insure its users a diversity of wildlife and outdoor related activities. The lake is a particularly good place on quiet days to see a great blue or green heron stalking fish in the shallower waters. Along with these denizens, search the many miles of trails for more forest-oriented birds. Woodpeckers of all varieties, including the red-headed and the pileated are found here. Where trails cross streams, listen for the familiar ‘Piz ZA' to tell you the Acadian flycatchers are announcing their territories. The scrubbier and more open areas of this wildlife management area are very likely to harbor northern bobwhite (quail) and yellow-breasted chats, who will mimic many other species. The lakes at Horsepen also bring the likelihood of a multitude of damsel- and dragonflies. In addition, during the summer, great spangled fritillaries, tawny emperors and several species of skippers fill the area with colorful butterflies.


From the State Forest return to Rt. 636 and turn left. Follow Rt. 636 east to Rt. 640 on the left (approximately 1.5 miles). Turn left on to Rt. 640 and follow it for approximately 5.0 miles to Andersonville and Rt. 638. Turn left onto Rt. 638 and continue 3.5 miles to the main entrance to Horsepen Lake. To return to a major highway, return to Rt. 638 and turn right. Follow this north to US 60. From here you can travel east and begin the Heart of the Piedmont Loop.

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