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Beaver Dam Creek Trail


Elevation: 2288 ft.

Located in the Town of Hillsville, this trail follows Beaver Dam Creek for approximately 0.75 miles. Situated along a shrubby creek embankment with views of open fields opposite the creek, the trail meanders through some riparian hardwood habitat. The open fields lend themselves to northern bobwhite, eastern meadowlark, red-winged blackbird, American goldfinch, indigo bunting, and field and song sparrows. Also, look for the swooping flight of a hungry Cooper’s hawk among these fields. The brushier scrub areas along the creek may produce views of flitting brown thrasher, calling eastern towhee and meowing gray catbird. White-tailed deer are abundant throughout this community. In the summertime, look for families of wild turkey foraging along woodland edges. Black rat snake can be found basking in sunny grassy patches throughout this trail. Green frog is also common in and around the creek. Butterflies can be abundant along creek edges lined with dancing wildflowers. Look for a variety of sulphurs, skippers, and hairstreaks.


Physical Coordinates: 36.779192, -80.735446

From Galax, head east on US-58/US-221/Carrolton Pike/W. Stuart Dr, turn left onto US-52/N. Main St, turn right onto SR-886/Beaver Dam Rd, turn left onto Trot Town Rd and the parking lot will be on the left.


Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Carroll County Tourism 276-730-3100 or Town of Hillsville 276-728-2128;
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  • Access: Free, Daily, Sunrise to Sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Beaver Dam Creek Trail (as reported to eBird)

  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

Seasonal Bird Observations


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