Birding and Wildlife Trails in Buchanan County - More Info

Buchanan County Office of Tourism
Grundy, VA 24614

Phone: 866

Buchanan County hosts three sites of the Wildlife and Birding Trail System with six adjoining sites in neighboring Dickenson County. The trails are a part of the 340 sites with 34 loops that make up the Mountain Area of the state's SW Virginia trail system..

The trails in Buchanan County consist of Compton Mtn./Horn Mtn., Poplar Gap/Sunset Hollow and the Breaks Interstate Park which is shared with Dickenson County.
These sites are part of the Lonesome Pine Loop. Each site provides mountaintop birding year round as well as Spring and Fall Migrants. These sites and the area between each are prime locations for migrating warblers as well as many other species.

Norton City Park - More Info

PO Box 618
Norton, VA 24273

Phone: (540) 679-0754

This park features a gazebo which is (available on first come-first serve basis). The park includes lighted tennis courts, basketball court, amphitheatre, as well as, playground equipment and picnic tables. Many activites take place at the park, which include the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Hunt and Tree Lighting Event. The Best Friends Festival is held the 2nd week of June at the Park with many outdoor concerts.

Powell Valley Overlook - More Info

Hwy. 23
Norton, VA 24273

Phone: (540) 679-0961

This overlook has a spectacular view of Powell Valley and surrounding mountains. Please visit the Tourist Information Kiosk, located at the overlook, featuring assorted brochures showcasing The Heart of Appalachia region.

North Fork of Pound Reservoir - More Info

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pound, VA 24279

Phone: (540) 796-5775

Built in 1966 as authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1960, the 154 acre lake is used for fishing, boating, camping, picnicing, hiking, and municipal water supply. Picnic area overlooks reservoir and is complete with restroom facility. The reservoir is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, but most of the developed recreation sites are managed by the Jefferson National Forest. Fish population in the lake includes, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish. The lake is stocked by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Cane Patch campground is the center of the recreation activity on the lake. It has 33 camping sites with restrooms, showers and playground equipment.
The Laurel Fork campgrounds provide a more primitive atmosphere for campers and is only accessible by boat.

Straight Fork Ridge Trail - More Info

9416 Darden Drive
Wise, VA 24293

Phone: (540) 328-2931

Accessed via the Devil's Bathtub Loop Trail, this 2-mile trail has many scenic vistas overlooking the mountain.

Red Fox Trail - More Info

9416 Darden Drive
Wise, VA 24293

Phone: (540) 328-2931

This historical trail is an interpretive hike back to 1892, when a massacre at the site left several people dead.

Flatwoods Recreational Area in Coeburn - More Info

9416 Darden Drive
Wise, VA 24293

Phone: (540) 328-2931

Recreational area with picnic shelters equipped with electricity, water and grills surrounded by a beautiful mountain setting in Coeburn.

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