Slate Lick Fields

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 1382 ft.

Slate Lick Fields offers a series of clearings in various stages of regeneration. These fields support an abundance of wildlife, especially in spring when several species of uncommon warbler are known to breed. Look to the scrubby fields for nesting blue-winged and golden-winged warblers, which have been known to hybridize and produce “Brewster’s” warbler. Yellow-breasted chat and prairie warbler also breed in the regenerating shrub land. During the spring, the fields should be checked in the early evening for displaying American woodcock which are more elusive at other times of year. Later in the summer, as the birds ease their singing, butterfly sightings increase. Search the numerous patches of crown vetch, Queen Anne’s lace, and golden rod for pearl crescent, hackberry emperor, silver-spotted skipper, tiger and red-spotted purple swallowtail, American Lady, and spicebush swallowtail. For the more adventurous, take on the challenge of identifying a few area duskywings. Spring and summer may also draw tree frogs out in this area, so keep an open eye and ear!

Directions

Location: Hog Pen Rd, Fulks Run, VA 22830

From Harrisonburg, follow SR 763/Mt Clinton Pike northwest and turn left (west) onto SR 613/763 which becomes Hopkins Gap Rd. In 7.2 miles, turn left (north) onto SR 817/Genoa Rd. In 0.8 miles, turn left onto Hog Pen Rd and continue until the parking area appears to the right.

To reach Slate Lick Lake, continue down Hog Pen Rd past the fields through a wooded area and then hike to the access gate.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, North River Ranger District: (540) 432-0187
  • Website
  • Access: Daily, sunrise-sunset; admission free

Birds Recently Seen at Slate Lick Fields (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Viewing Blinds