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New River Trail State Park: Foster Falls


Elevation: 1948 ft.

Another access point along the New River Trail complex, scenic Foster Falls offers campsites, boat, horse and bike rentals, picnic shelters, and hiking trails. Located at milepost 24.0, the cascading waters glide over river bedrock amidst a background of limestone cliffs. Marshy edges and open meadows compose much of the landscape of this park, with occasional woods, like oaks and walnuts, providing cover for wildlife. Green heron and belted kingfisher can be expected here year-round. Great blue heron may also make an appearance along these waters. The more open areas away from the river lend themselves to eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, chipping sparrow and American goldfinch. Migrant waterfowl and shorebirds may be found within and along these waters in the spring and summer. Look for wintering ducks on the river, such as bufflehead, common goldeneye and hooded merganser.

If interested in aquatic insects, this is most definitely a good place of study. Damsel and dragonflies, in particular, are here in good numbers during warm months. The diversity of damselflies that patrol the weedy and shrubby embankments includes dusky, powdered, blue-fronted, and variable dancers, fragile and Rambur’s forktails, familiar and big bluets and American rubyspot. Numerous dragonflies can be found, with eastern pondhawk, blue dasher, widow skimmer, and spectacular patrolling displays of black-shouldered spinyleg and royal river cruiser.


Parking lot coordinates: 36.884480, -80.856080

From Fort Chiswell, head south on US-52/Fort Chiswell Rd, turn left onto SR-608/Foster Falls Rd, turn left onto SR-623/Orphanage Dr, then turn right for the Foster Falls Railroad Depot parking lot.

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (276) 699-6778
  • Website
  • Access: Parking Fee, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at New River Trail State Park: Foster Falls (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo

Seasonal Bird Observations


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