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Description - Sprinkled among the scrubby woodland forest of this preserve is the rare and endangered piratebush. The particular plant is found in only a few locations in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. It is thought to be one of the rarest North America eastern shrubs. The preserve allows hiking, bird-watching and nature photography.

Recreation - Smith Mountain Lake is about an hours drive west and offers many boating, fishing, hiking and overnight facilities. Booker T. Washington National Monument is also in the Smith Mountain Lake area. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a wonderful scenic driving tour particularly popular in the fall of each year.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - This preserve may be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway from the south or from the north. Coming from the north, exit onto Rt. 220 heading north for 1.8 miles to Rt. 419. Turn left heading north and go approximately 2 miles to Rt. 221. Turn left again which will head you south. Continue for 4.9 miles to Rt. 694. Turn right and go almost 4 miles to the preserve's entrance which will be on the left. Coming from the south, exit onto Rt. 221 heading north. Travel 8 miles to Rt. 694 and turn left. Continue for 3.6 miles to the preserve's entrance which will be on the left.

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Filed By: Tom Cerul (Hardy, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Used the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail (Mountain Area) booklet to find the area. No problem finding it, just scouting area this time (Jan.22, 2004) plan to return in May for photo's.

More Information

Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.

Blue Ridge Parkway - Association Website
Smith Mountain Lake State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website


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