|COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.|
Sites on this loop:
Sites along the Clinch Mountain Loop include parts of four counties, Washington, Tazewell, Russell and Smyth, with elevation ranges that span over 3000 feet. Each of the sites offers unusual features likely to please nature enthusiasts, starting just off the interstate at Hungry Mother State Park. Here, the sandy beach entices visitors to the clear cool waters of Hungry Mother Lake, and the area’s deep woods echo with the music of singing warblers. Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, which includes Laurel Bed Lake, is the largest and most biologically diverse wildlife management area in Virginia. Saltville Well Fields is a haven for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, with ecology unique to inland saline watersheds. Hayter’s Gap, a private site, offers additional incentives to visitors, such as educational workshops and guided tours. The site of two Civil War battles, nearby Saltville is on the Virginia Civil War Trails and provides access to the North Holston River where visitors can view a great blue heron rookery and possibly bald eagle.