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Belcher Mountain Road


Elevation: 3229 ft.

Belcher Mountain Road is a driving route that takes the traveler past farmhouses and through the fields and forests of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The road includes views of several small ponds as well as higher elevation fields around 3000 ft. For most of its 7.3-mile length, the road passes through deciduous woodlands and is an excellent place to search for woodland bird species.

Birds along this trail vary between the seasons with the highest variety occurring during migration. Breeding species in the area include downy woodpecker, northern flicker, eastern phoebe, eastern kingbird, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, wood thrush, brown thrasher, cedar waxwing, red-eyed vireo, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, chipping, field and song sparrows, red-winged blackbird, and eastern meadowlark. A variety of warblers and both savannah and grasshopper sparrows have also been reported during the summer. The more open areas along the roads provide ideal opportunities to spot white-tailed deer although these are often seen crossing the road. The road margins support a good diversity of wildflowers with chicory, crown vetch, black-eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s lace. In turn, these wildflowers attract numerous butterflies. Swallowtails being especially abundant provide visitors a chance to admire the subtle differences between pipevine, spicebush, black and the black form of eastern tiger swallowtail.


  • Most of Belcher Mountain Road is unpaved and rough. 4WD/AWD vehicles with high clearance are strongly recommended.


Starting Point Coordinates: 36.765169, -80.301548

From Floyd, head south on VA-8/S. Locust St, sharp right onto SR-616/Mill House Rd, turn right to stay on SR-616/Mill House Rd, and the starting point will be on the right in approximately 0.6 miles.




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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Patrick County Chamber of Commerce: 276-693-2005
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  • Access: Free, Daily

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Scenic Drive/Driving Tour