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Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Trip Leader - Christina McIntyre

Trip Date: Saturday, Sep 28, 2019
3:00 PM - 10:00 AM
Meeting Date: Saturday, Sep 28, 2019 3:00 PM
Trip Type: Backpacking Max Attendees: 8 People
Attendee Restrictions: Open To Everyone Pets: Pets OK
Drivers Requested: Yes Distance/Difficulty: 3.00 Miles - Moderate


   This is an overnight back-country backpacking trip that is not very long but a good introduction. There is NO water or electricity, but there is a privy (outhouse).

We're hoping to catch a view of some migrating raptors (big birds that hunt stuff) - Broadwing hawks, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, etc. They migrate through this area this time of year. There are great sunsets and sunrises at this site as well.
Drive time from Blacksburg will be ~ 60 minutes.
Hike up ~ 1.2 miles (Roundtrip ~ 2.4 miles)
Hang-out watching birds and enjoying the view.



   On the ridge of Peter's Mountain on the Alleghany Trail.

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Driving Directions

From Blacksburg, VA: Follow US 460 west for 17 miles. Turn right on Big Stony Creek Rd (SR 635). Go about 22 miles to Waiteville, WVA. (Note: SR 635 becomes Co. SR 17 in West Virginia.

Trip Difficulty

3.00 Miles - Moderate

   From the parking lot it is a steady up-hill to the ridge of Peter's Mountain to the tower.

What You Should Bring

   Overnight camping gear that you can carry in a pack. If you don't have your own gear I'd recommend reserving gear from Venture Out. Hammock camping sites are more abundant than ground tent sites up on the ridge. Hammock or tent, sleeping bag, water, dinner, breakfast, snacks, additional clothes, binoculars if you have them or can borrow them. Camera. We will try to coordinate gear, stoves and fuel to reduce bringing up more than we need.

Pet Instructions/Info

   Pets need to be on a leash and experienced camping outside.

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