Roanoke Bird Watching

Birding and Wildlife Viewing in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge Mountains are teeming with wildlife. 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.

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

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Appalachian Trail

  • Phone: (304) 535-6278

Blue Ridge Parkway

  • 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

Natural Bridge Park

  • 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 Valley Greenways

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

Smith Mountain Lake

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

Upper James River Water Trail

  • 16 East Main Street, Box 4
  • Fincastle, VA 24090
  • Phone: (540) 473-1167
  • Region: I-81

Virginia's Explore Park

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

Waid Recreational Area

  • 701 Waid Park Road
  • Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Region: I-581/US 220
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The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE | Roanoke, VA 24016
540-342-6025
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