Half-Day Tours (~ 4 hours)
Brookshire Park sits along the New River, and a paved walkway takes you along the river with created wetlands on the other side. This habitat is a favorite stopover for migrating shorebirds as well as tons of songbirds. From there the trail turns to dirt and gravel and winds up a small mountain with a mix of vegetation including a bramble that is a favorite spot for thrushes and a dead tree with a resident Screech Owl. There is another clearing at the top with a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains.
Brookshire Park (4 miles - easy)
Hebron Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area. The trail to see the falls starts on the Blue Ridge Parkway and passes through a great mix of fields, woods, and flood plains that are great habitat for a range of birds.
This tour starts at the same location as the 2-hour Green Knob Trail Tour. These two tours can be combined into a Full-Day Tour.
Hebron Falls (5 miles - moderate)
The Tanawah Trail runs roughly parallel to the Blue Ridge Parkway, along the side of Grandfather Mountain. This section of the trail passes the incredible Stack Rock formation and takes us to the Linn Cove Viaduct. The Viaduct was the last piece of the Parkway to be completed and is a marvel of engineering. The habitat below the Viaduct is an incredibly rare boulder-field forest that is home to an incredible variety of warblers and other birds, many usually only found far north of here. This tour is great not only for the birds, but also for the incredible views! We will meet at the Linn Cove Parking Lot (which has bathrooms).
Tanawha Trail - Stack Rock & Linn Cove Viaduct (4.5 miles - moderate)
Moses Cone Manor to Bass Lake (4 miles - moderate)
Starting at the historic Cone Manor just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, we wind our way through fields and forests to Bass Lake. These woods are great for warblers and other songbirds, and the lake has been known to attract wandering waterfowl.
This tour can be combined with the Trout Lake Tour to make a Full-Day Tour