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Elevation: 2430 ft.
This site is easily accessed from the Town of Tazewell and supports a multitude of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other wildlife. A walking trail offers access to the lakeshore; however, there are no trails exploring the wooded hillsides. A hike around the lake in summer affords views of several species of songbirds attracted to the woodlands and edge habitat. During winter and migrations, the reservoir hosts a variety of waterfowl and depending on water levels, several species of shorebirds. Painted turtle can often be spotted surfacing out on the lake. Butterflies, such as orange sulphur, Horrace’s duskywing, and eastern tiger swallowtail, decorate the landscape. The lake and moisture-laden surroundings also provide adequate habitat for dragonflies such as eastern pondhawk and widow skimmer. A loop trail around the lake is currently under development.
From Burke’s Garden, return to SR 61, turn left, and follow it for 5.1 miles into the Town of Tazewell. At the 2nd traffic light, turn left, staying on SR 61. Travel 0.3 miles and turn into the park on the right. Follow the road through the parking area and up the hill to an additional parking area next to the lake.