Hone Quarry Recreation Area

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Elevation: 1933 ft.

This recreation area sits on Hone Quarry Run, which runs down through the Hone Quarry Reservoir and back behind the picnic area. The presence of water combined with lush white pine and hemlock forest supports a variety of wildlife. The addition of large open fields around the reservoir further diversifies the habitats to be explored. Visitors should search for water birds such as great blue and green herons and belted kingfisher on the reservoir. The wildlife on the lake should be exceptionally plentiful during migration and in winter when the lake can support a variety of waterfowl. The edges of the lake are worth searching for sunning eastern painted turtles while the banks should be checked for a variety of damselflies as well as red-spotted purple and spicebush swallowtail. The fields surrounding the lake are perfect habitat for indigo bunting, American goldfinch, and chipping sparrow, which seem to appear on almost every suitable perch. Ruby-throated hummingbirds can be seen flitting amongst the flowers. Around the recreation area the pines and hemlocks support pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, white-breasted nuthatch and red-eyed vireo.

Note: The road to Hone Quarry Recreation Area is a rough road. Although not required for the drive, visitors to the site may be more comfortable driving there using an SUV.


Location: Hone Quarry Rd., Dayton, VA

Coordinates: 38.462289, -79.134881

From Harrisonburg, VA, take U.S. 42 South for approximately 3 miles to the intersection with State Route (S.R.) 257 at Dayton. Turn right off U.S. 42 onto S.R. 257 (west) and proceed until you reach a stop sign. Turn left still on S.R. 257 to Briery Branch. In Briery Branch, turn right still on S.R. 257 and follow to the intersection of S.R. 257 and Forest Development Road (FDR) 62. Turn right onto FDR 62 and follow 1.7 miles to the Hone Quarry Campground.

From the Previous Site on the North River Loop of the VBWT:

From Switzer Lake, return to US 33 and turn right, heading east, on US 33 for about 12.1 miles to Rt. 613. Turn right on Rt. 613 South and continue 4.2 miles to its intersection with SR 257. Head west on SR 257 for 5.0 miles to FR 62. Turn right onto FR 62 and travel 1.4 miles to the recreation area on the left; continue 1.1 miles to the lake.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187, stevenrberi@fs.fed.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free daily, Camping fee

Birds Recently Seen at Hone Quarry Recreation Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Picnic
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