Beagle Gap Overlook, Shenandoah National Park

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 2523 ft.

This overlook provides an open vista conducive for hawk watching during the fall migration season. In the fall look for numerous broad-winged hawks as they fly southward to their wintering grounds. Other hawks, such as sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, and red-tailed hawks are also observed in the fall months. Osprey and bald eagle might be seen later in the fall. Also be on the lookout for migrant falcons, such as peregrine falcon, American kestrel, and even merlin. Additional wildlife viewing opportunities are possible from the overlook by pulling out a spotting scope and surveying the surrounding forest, which may produce views of bobcat, coyote, red fox and black bear.

Note:

  • The bathrooms are located at the start of the trail for Beagle Gap, not at the overlook.

Directions

Skyline Drive Milepost: 100

From I-64 in Charlottesville, continue west. Take the US 250 E/US 250 W exit and turn right onto US 250 E, following signs for Afton/Charlottesville. In 0.2 miles, turn right onto SR 610 and then make two lefts to continue onto Skyline Dr heading north. In 5.9 miles, a clearing with a small parking lot appears to the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Shenandoah National Park: (540) 999-3500
  • Website
  • Access: Open daily, sunrise to sunset; admission fee required along Skyline Drive.

Birds Recently Seen at Beagle Gap Overlook, Shenandoah National Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Blue Jay
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Fee
  • Parking
  • Restrooms