Wed, December 11, 2013 • Sunny, and 43 ° F.
Glady Fork Wetland
This high elevation forested wetland is off the beaten path, but is a must-see for the serious birder. The beaver-maintained wetland contains open meadows, marshes, swampy shrubland, ponds, and hardwood forests and is home to an equal diversity of bird life. Look for pileated woodpeckers, chestnut-sided, Canada, yellow-throated, and yellow warblers, northern parulas, and dark-eyed juncos in the woods. In the more open areas, you're likely to catch glimpses of northern bobwhites, American goldfinches, indigo buntings, and tree, northern rough-winged, and barn swallows while wood ducks paddle the wooded ponds.
To reach the wetland from Bark Camp Lake, turn left, continuing northwest on Rt. 822 for 1.6 miles to Rt. 699. Turn left on Rt. 699 and go 0.3 miles to Rt. 706. Turn left on Rt. 706 and travel about 2 miles until you come to the intersection with Edith Gap Road. Go left onto Edith Gap Road (which is actually still Rt. 706) and continue for about another mile. Turn right onto a gravel road just around the hill past the trail sign at Edith Gap and go another mile down to the parking area.
Contact Person: Jefferson National Forest