Smart View Recreational Area, Blue Ridge Parkway

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 2503 ft.

Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Smart View Recreational Area offers excellent views of the Virginia Piedmont. Various trails meander through moist deciduous woodlands, hardwood forests, and open fields. This site is great place to bird during spring migration, but summer also is productive with breeders such as hooded, Kentucky, and black-and white warblers, Acadian and great-crested flycatchers, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated and red-eyed vireos, chipping sparrow, brown thrasher, and scarlet tanager. The big lure for most birders to this site is the breeding population of cerulean warbler. Moist forest floors lend themselves to other critters, as well. Look for red eft, the bright orange terrestrial form of the red-spotted newt, as well as eastern box turtle, and several species of colorful millipedes. Eastern chipmunk, red squirrel, red fox, and white-tailed deer are common throughout. Also watch for wild turkey roaming through these woods.

Directions

Location:  Just past milemarker 154.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

From the intersection of US 220 and the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Roanoke, go southwest on the Blue Ridge Parkway for 33.0 miles to the Smart View Recreation Area on the left.

From Floyd, travel southeast on State Route 615/Barberry Rd, then turn left onto State Route 637. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto State Route 860, then turn left onto Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel 4.7 miles. The Recreation Area will be on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 828-298-0398
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Smart View Recreational Area, Blue Ridge Parkway (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms