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Birdwatching in Southern West Virginia: A Paradise for Avian Enthusiasts

Greetings, fellow travelers and nature enthusiasts! 🌿 This time, we're diving into a world of vibrant plumage, enchanting melodies, and the thrill of discovery. Join us as we embark on a birdwatching adventure in Southern West Virginia. 🐦🌄

Southern West Virginia, known for its rugged terrain and stunning vistas, may not be the first place that comes to mind for birdwatching. However, this region holds a secret: it's a haven for avian enthusiasts of all levels.

The Birding Bounty of Southern West Virginia:

As we journey into this avian wonderland, you'll discover that Southern West Virginia boasts remarkable bird species. From warblers' melodic songs to raptors' majestic flights, this region offers a front-row seat to nature's symphony. And the best part? You don't need to be an expert to enjoy it. Birdwatching is an accessible activity for everyone, from families with curious kids to retirees seeking a peaceful pastime. You don't have to go far when you stay at The Rocky Mount . Just take a Step out on the front porch. We are surrounded by the songs of finches, the rhythmic drumming of woodpeckers, and the calls of a diverse avian community.

Birdwatching Hotspots:

Our exploration begins in the town of Hinton, perched on the banks of the New River. This picturesque community is not only a gateway to adventure but also a hub for birdwatching. Wander along the river's edge, and you might spot ospreys fishing or great blue herons stalking their prey.

Pipestem State Park is just a stone's throw away; this is one of West Virginia's best State Parks. Its pristine forests and tranquil waters provide a serene backdrop for birdwatching. Listen carefully, and you'll hear the songs of wood thrushes and the gentle calls of scarlet tanagers.

As we venture further into Summers County, we encounter Bluestone State Park, where the Bluestone River flows and meets up with the second-oldest river in the world, The New River. This State park is a birdwatcher's paradise, with numerous trails leading you through lush woodlands and along riverbanks. Watch for prothonotary warblers, named for their vibrant golden plumage.

The Joy of Birding:

What's the magic of birdwatching? It's the joy of quiet moments spent in nature, the thrill of spotting a bird you've never seen, and the serenity that comes from connecting with the natural world. All you need to get started are a pair of binoculars, a field guide, and your sense of wonder. And for the tech-savvy, plenty of smartphone apps assist with bird identification.

Our Favorite at The Rocky Mount is Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Labs.

Check out the Sound ID portion for Easy Identification.

This app will listen and match the sound of the bird to over one thousand species.

You Can Find it Here:

Conservation and Ethical Birdwatching:

Birdwatching isn't just about observing; it's also about conservation. In Southern West Virginia, your sightings can contribute to important citizen science projects. By participating in bird counts and monitoring efforts, you play a vital role in protecting these winged wonders and their habitats.

Additionally, engaging with local conservation organizations can deepen your connection to the region's natural beauty. Consider supporting initiatives that safeguard the habitats that birds rely on.

We recommend checking out Three Rivers Avian Center; they are located Near Hinton in the town of Brooks, WV. They are open to the public on the first Saturday from May to October.

Check them out here:


As we wrap up our birdwatching journey through Southern West Virginia, I encourage you to take flight, embrace the adventure, and relish the simple pleasure of birdwatching. This region offers a front-row seat to the wonders of the avian world, and I hope you'll seize the opportunity to explore it.

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