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Reddish Knob

Description

Elevation: 4101 ft.

Reddish Knob is a favorite location to watch fall hawk migration. A visit around the third week of September could reward visitors with sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, broad-winged, red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks in seemingly unbelievable numbers. Other migrating raptors that may appear include bald eagle, peregrine falcon and American kestrel. Later in the season, golden eagle and northern goshawk are also possibilities. In addition to raptor viewing the summit also offers a scenic mountain vista to enjoy.

The drive into Reddish Knob is worth taking slowly with the windows rolled down to listen for ruffed grouse, wild turkey, and other animals who might run onto the road, as well as warblers, vireos, and flycatchers above.

A female ruffed grouse crossing the Reddish Knob Spur road. At least four others, possibly young birds, were hiding on both sides of the road. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

A female ruffed grouse crossing the Reddish Knob Spur road. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

The woodland that leads to Reddish Knob supports exciting birds that only breed at this high altitude–red crossbills, veery, and black-throated blue, Canada, and mourning warblers have all been found. Use the pullouts along the way to check for these birds as well as the wildflowers and butterflies, such as eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails and great spangled fritillary. Briery Branch Gap, at the intersections of Reddish Knob Road, Reddish Knob Forest Service Road, Briery Branch Road, and Flagpole Road, is a good place to park and walk around, or begin a hike to Flagpole Knob.

Notes:

  • Use extreme caution on these roads, most are unpaved, winding, narrow, deeply rutted, and very steep with precipitous drop-offs; during winter months or after rain, they may be impassable.

Directions

Location: Reddish Knob Spur, Dayton, North River, VA

Coordinates: 38.462306, -79.241679

From Bridgewater, head northwest on SR-727/Spring Creek Road, turn right onto SR-613/Spring Creek Road, turn left onto VA-257 W/Briery Branch Road, turn right to stay on VA-257 W/Briery Branch Road, continue onto SR-924/Briery Branch Road, turn left onto Reddish Knob Forest Service Road, turn left toward Reddish Knob Spur, turn right onto Reddish Knob Spur, and follow it to the top.

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
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Birds Recently Seen at Reddish Knob (as reported to eBird)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Common Raven
  • Gray Catbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Red Crossbill
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Ovenbird
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking