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Birding and Wildlife Viewing in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Deer - Wildlife ViewingThe Blue Ridge Mountains are teeming with opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing - particularly in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Deer, foxes, black bear and other native animals are often spotted by hikers and even by drivers along quiet roads. And ornithologists love Virginia's Blue Ridge for its wide variety of birds, including raptors like red-tailed hawks and bald eagles, as well as water birds like geese, wood ducks and herons.

Perhaps the favorite subjects of birdwatchers are songbirds, such as the northern mockingbird and the hooded warbler.

The Roanoke Valley has lots of great places to spot wildlife, including nature preserves and parks as well as along hiking trails and greenways, quiet country roads, and on the valley's rivers and lakes.

Watch a doe lead a fawn to water as you paddle along the James River, see a group of bear cubs scurry across the road as you drive along Blue Ridge Parkway, and listen to the native birds chirp as you hike along the Appalachian Trail.

You'll find out animals and visitors both have all kinds of fun during a Blue Ridge Day!

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge features expansive mountain vistas and endless forest trails.  Don't forget your binoculars! 

Other Wildlife Viewing Options

Roanoke Valley Loop
Star City Loop
Iron Ore Loop
Peaks of Otter Loop
Southwest Piedmont Loop

The following is a list of places for birding and wildlife viewing in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

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Appalachian Trail

  • Phone: (304) 535-6278

Blue Ridge Parkway Hiking and Wildlife

  • Phone: (540) 767-2490
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Camp Karma Campground

  • 2056 Stone Mountain Road
  • Bedford, VA 24523
  • Phone: (540) 297-5067
  • Region: US 460

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

  • 9644 Reservoir Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24019
  • Phone: (540) 563-9170
  • Region: North Roanoke

Explore Park

  • 3900 Rutrough Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Region: Blue Ridge Parkway

Natural Bridge Park & Historic Hotel

  • 15 Appledore Lane
  • Natural Bridge, VA 24578
  • Phone: (540) 291-2121
  • Region: I-81

Philpott Reservoir

  • 1058 Philpott Dam Road
  • Bassett, VA 24055
  • Region: I-581/US 220

Roanoke Mountain Adventures

  • 802 Wiley Drive
  • Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Phone: (540) 525-8295
  • Region: South Roanoke

Roanoke River Blueway

  • 313 Luck Avenue SW
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 343-4417
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

Roanoke Valley Greenways

  • Phone: (540) 387-6060
  • Region: Downtown Roanoke/Berglund Center

Smith Mountain Lake

  • 16430 Booker T. Washington Highway
  • Moneta, VA 24121
  • Phone: (540) 721-1203
  • Region: Smith Mountain Lake

Waid Recreational Area

  • 701 Waid Park Road
  • Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Region: I-581/US 220
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