Appalachian Trail - Wildlife

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Discover prime wildlife watching opportunities along the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, VA, nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Encounter diverse wildlife including black bears, white-tailed deer, vibrant songbirds, and elusive wild turkeys in their natural habitat. Raptors soar above while eastern box turtles and amphibians inhabit streams and wetlands nearby. Whether you're a passionate birder or nature enthusiast, the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke promises memorable wildlife sightings year-round. Spring and fall offer peak seasons with migrating birds and stunning foliage. Remember to practice responsible wildlife viewing etiquette and leave no trace. Embark on an adventure along the Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, immersing yourself in Virginia's wilderness and the wonders of the natural world.

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  • Directions: The Appalachian Trail comes from the east and crosses over I-81 just north of Roanoke in Botetourt County. The trail continues north and runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Shenandoah Valley.
  • Additional Information: With a length of approximately 2,180 miles, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. Virginia has more miles of the trail (550 miles) than any other state. It is estimated roughly 2-3 million people visit the "A.T." every year.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open