Callie Furnace

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Description

Elevation: 1305 ft.

The hike out to Callie Furnace provides plenty of opportunities to view wildlife. The broad paths through this deciduous forest provide clear views of the flanking woodlands. Species to look for along the paths to the furnace include red-shouldered hawk, northern flicker, ruffed grouse, pileated woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, red-eyed vireo, and ovenbird. The broad paths also host several species of dragonflies, with common whitetail and widow skimmer being especially dominant. Butterflies to look for include red-spotted purple, spicebush swallowtail, and eastern tailed-blue. Other possible encounters during a hike include white-tailed deer and the ornately patterned eastern box turtle.

Directions

Heading West on I-64, take exit 35 and turn left onto Longdale Furnace road. Continue for approximately 5 miles, then turn left onto Sharon lane. At the fork in the road, turn right onto McKinney Hollow road. Continue for 2.5 miles then stay right on McKinney Hollow road. After around 4 miles, turn right onto Bridge street then, at the end of the road, turn right onto Main street. Stay on Main street for 0.3 miles then turn left onto Fieldale road. Travel down Fieldale Road for 0.8 miles, then turn right. Callie Furnace will be on your left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 962-2214 elizabeth.higgins@usda.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

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Facilities

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