Fries Public Boat Landing

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Description

Elevation: 2139 ft.

Until 1988, the Town of Fries was a textile mill town. Driving through town to the boat ramp, visitors will pass dozens of identical white houses and the old red brick factory, as well as the dam that provided the mill with hydropower. The boat ramp provides direct access to the New River and a prime vantage point for the careful observer to see a wealth of wildlife. The river is home to green and great blue herons, which are usually first noticed as they fly over the water. On closer inspection, they are often strategically standing in the shadows. They stand stock-still in order to surprise the crayfish, fish and frogs that might eventually become a meal. A lucky observer can see an osprey or bald eagle as they cruise the river looking for a meal.

Directions

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (276) 773-3711, tourism@graysoncountyva.com
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Fries Public Boat Landing (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Bald Eagle

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Site Viewable Only By Boat