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Saddle Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway


Elevation: 3388 ft.

This overlook offers a short trail to an open field from which hawk watchers enjoy the migration of raptors in the fall. While broad-winged hawks comprise the majority of raptors migrating southward, one could also spy osprey, bald eagle, Cooper’s, sharp-shinned, and red-tailed hawks, and American kestrel. During the spring and summer, this area is alive with other avian activity. Look for indigo bunting, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, eastern towhee, and gray catbird. Blooming milkweeds and asters attract eastern tiger swallowtail and other vibrant butterflies.


  • Most services listed for this site are available at Milepost 169, in the Rocky Knob Picnic Area.


Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 168

From Floyd, head south on VA-8/S. Locust St, take the exit for the Blue Ridge Parkway, turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the overlook parking area will be on the left in approximately 2.9 miles.


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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Information: 828-298-0398
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Saddle Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway (as reported to eBird)

  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Hooded Warbler
  • American Redstart

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Camping
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms