Sat, May 18, 2013 • Showers in the Vicinity, and 65 ° F.
Rye Cove Intermediate School Nature Center
This small, 3 acre woodland is managed by the local school as an outdoor classroom. The well-maintained trails wander through open fields, shrubs, and hardwood forest, providing a diversity of habitats which allow the visitor to see a wide range of bird species. Numerous songbirds and woodpeckers can be found along the trails, including red-eyed vireos, eastern towhees, cedar waxwings, American kestrels, and wild turkey. Keep your eyes peeled as well for eastern box turtles, a wide range of butterflies, and white-tailed deer.
To reach the trailhead from US 23 in Clinchport, turn onto Rte 65 toward Clinchport. Follow Rte 65 north for 4.3 miles, then turn left, heading west on Rte 649/Rye Cove Road for another 2.6 miles to Rye Cove Intermediate School. Turn right into the school driveway and continue to the rear of the building towards the parking lot. The trailhead is located behind the school, east of the parking lot. Motor coach parking is available in front of the school at the bus-loading circle.