Petticoat Junction -Jackson River Float Trip

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Description

Elevation: 1285 ft.

Petticoat Junction is the last pull out before floating down into Covington. This area holds a variety of habitats from open fields to woodland. These surroundings support anticipated birds such as indigo buntings and song sparrows. Along forest edges these birds can be heard singing from prominent points and popping out of denser patches of scrub and grass. The woods ring with the familiar calls of Carolina wren, northern cardinal and northern flicker, while the river hosts great blue and green herons, wood duck and belted kingfisher. Butterflies such as eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple float between cardinal flowers and black-eyed Susans. The glittering ebony jewelwing sticks to shady sections along the stream, often sharing their perch with eastern painted turtles.

Directions

From Indian Draft, continue south on Rt. 687 for 2.4 miles to Mays Lane. Turn right and go 0.2 miles to the water.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 962-2214 elizabeth.higgins@usda.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking