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Augusta Springs Wetlands Trail

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 2607 ft.

This handicap-accessible trail meanders through wetland habitats surrounded by hardwood forest interspersed with pines. Two large ponds are home to nesting wood duck and are patrolled by resident green and great blue herons. Nesting species include common yellowthroat, red-winged blackbird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, cedar waxwing, American goldfinch, and occasionally, blue-winged warbler. In migration, look for migrants such as wood thrush and scarlet tanager. Sparrow diversity can include resident song sparrow, and in the winter, swamp, white-throated, and American tree sparrows as well. Blooming ironweed, rudbeckia, cardinal flower, Robin’s plantain daisies, yarrow, milkweed, and jewelweed line the fields surrounding the ponds and attract ruby-throated hummingbirds. Look for eastern tiger, pipevine, and spicebush swallowtails, Zabulon skipper, Monarch, and many other colorful butterflies. Black rat snakes can be found slithering from the forest’s edge, sometimes basking in the sun along pond banks. Also, look for pickerel and green frogs near the water’s edge. Salamanders, such as northern dusky and red-backed, are common as well.

Directions

Physical Address: 2735 Little Calf Pasture Hwy, Augusta Springs, VA 24411

From I-64 in Charlottesville, continue west. Take the I-81 S exit toward I-64 W/Lexington/Roanoke. Then, take exit 220 for SR 262 toward US 11 and continue onto SR 262 N. In 4.2 miles, take the SR 254/Parkersburg Pike exit and turn left onto SR 254 W. In 7.0 miles, continue onto SR 42 S for 7.6 miles. Then, turn right into the park’s small parking lot.

From the Previous Site on the Forest Trails Loop of VBWT:

From Goshen-Little North Mountain WMA, return to SR 42 and turn right. Follow SR 42 for 0.4 miles to Augusta Springs Wetland Trail on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187, stevenrberi@fs.fed.us
  • Website
  • Season:
  • Access: Free, Daily

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Carolina Wren
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Wood Duck
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Blue Jay
  • Gray Catbird

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Environmental Study Area
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Restrooms