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Thomas Jefferson

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.


This loop offers visitors unique wildlife and birding opportunities that begin outside of Charlottesville and continue down the Blue Ridge into Nelson County. Traversing the historical stomping grounds of Thomas Jefferson in the foothills, then south along the Blue Ridge, naturalists can visit hawk watch sites, beach-embraced lakes, forested areas, wetlands, tiered cataracts, and spectacular views from open mountaintop overlooks. A few of the sites are located along the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Skyline Drive. This is an excellent loop to visit year-round, though some sites, such as Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, would be of greatest reward in the fall.

Loop Map

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Charlottesville Regional Chamber

Charlottesville-Albemarle County

City of Waynesboro

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce

Nelson County Chamber of Commerce

Nelson County Department of Economic Development and Tourism