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Beagle Gap Overlook, Shenandoah National Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDWR 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

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.

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.

From Previous Site on Skyline Drive Loop of VBWT:

From Frazier Discovery Trail in Shenandoah National Park, return to Skyline Drive and continue south about 20.4 miles to Beagle Gap Area on the left.

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.

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Winter Wren
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • American Goldfinch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Woodcock
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Barred Owl

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Restrooms