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Charlotte County is home to abundant wildlife and offers many opportunities to view animals in their natural habitats. The county is traversed by two driving trails in the Virginia Wildlife & Birding Trail system, the Roanoke-Meherrin Summit Loop and the Staunton River Loop.
In addition, Staunton River Battlefield State Park and Clarkton Bridge both offer short walking/biking trails that are excellent for birders and wildlife enthusiasts.
Buggs Island Lake (John H. Kerr Reservoir), a sprawling 50,000-acre reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline, located in the southern tip of Charlotte County, is a "must" for visitors and residents of the county. The lake is especially known for its striped bass, a migratory species landlocked in this huge body of water. Other fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, perch, walleye, chain pickerel, crappie, sunfish, and catfish. A boat ramp offers easy access to the Staunton River. Year in and year out, Charlotte County provides hunters with the best opportunities for whitetail deer, wild turkey, and small game hunting.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.