Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: Doris Fulleman; (434) 736-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Free, daily (with some exceptions)
Site PRM05: Hidden Pond Farm
Hidden Pond Farm, run by the Fulleman family, is definitely managed for the birds and other wildlife. These 95 acres are crisscrossed by numerous well-maintained trails that lead to a variety of habitats. A visitor can wander downhill to the beaver pond in search of green herons, or perhaps check out the forest edge for massive pileated woodpeckers. Through the area, eastern towhees can be heard almost constantly, with their jink denk te-e-e-e-e-e-e song. In addition to the numerous white-tailed deer wandering the property, look for at least one pugnacious woodchuck in the main hayfield. Near the house, careful planting has produced a magnificent butterfly garden with clouds of swallowtails, monarchs and fritillaries, all sipping nectar just off the porch. This area also attracts ruby-throated hummingbirds, which hide their nests nearby. Spring could be the most beautiful time of year at the farm, when hundreds, if not thousands, of redbuds and dogwoods bring an amazing glow to the entire area. No matter what the time of year, there will always be something to find on the farm, and the Fullemans would be more than happy for you to drop in and help in the search.
Leaving Greenfield, return south on Rt. 656 for 0.5 miles to SR 40. Turn left, heading southeast on SR 40 for 10.8 miles to Hidden Pond Farm on the right.