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Thomas Jefferson

Important Notices

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.

Description

This loop, with sites from Charlottesville down the Blue Ridge into Nelson County, offers visitors unique wildlife and birding opportunities. 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. Other sites, such as the nature trails at Ivy Creek can bring varying treasures seasonally.

Loop Map

 

Services

Charlottesville Regional Chamber
434.295.3141
tim@cvillechamber.com

Charlottesville-Albemarle County
877.386.1102
shore@charlottesville.org

City of Waynesboro
540.942.6644
crookshanksll@ci.waynesboro.va.us

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
540.949.8203
becarter@ntelos.net

Nelson County Chamber of Commerce
434.263.5971

Nelson County Department of Economic Development and Tourism
800.282.8223
mcorum@nelsoncounty.org