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Natural Chimneys Regional Park

Description

Elevation: 1348 ft.

Natural Chimneys Regional Park exhibits some of the incredible geology of western Virginia. Remnants of rock once carved by a shallow sea remind the visitor of the massive timeframes needed to create formations we see today. The park also serves as a great place to search out wildlife. The open grassy areas around the chimney host open country species such as eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, American robin, American goldfinch and chipping sparrow. The neighboring scrubby brush land and secondary forest support other familiar species such as eastern phoebe, eastern wood-pewee, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, blue jay, northern cardinal and eastern towhee. The North River runs through the property and, when rainfall keeps it flowing, it supports a variety of water birds including herons and waterfowl. Look for butterflies around the park and at the pollinator garden, maintained by the local chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists.  Butterfly species include eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails, tawny emperor and pearl crescent.

Directions

Physical Address: 94 Natural Chimneys Lane, Mt. Solon, VA  22843

Coordinates: 38.355792, -79.086199

From Harrisonburg, head south on VA-42/S. High St, turn right onto SR-747/Mossy Creek Rd, turn left onto SR-747/SR-613/Mossy Creek Rd, turn right onto SR-731/Natural Chimney Rd, at the fork, go right onto SR-936/Natural Chimney Ln, then turn left onto Howdyshell Dr and follow it to one of the parking areas.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Kelly Rourke, 540-350-2510 or 540-245-5727
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily; fees are required for camping and swimming pool

Birds Recently Seen at Natural Chimneys Regional Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Wren
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Goldfinch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Camping
  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Historical Site