Saddle Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Elevation: 3388 ft.

This overlook offers a short trail to an open field from which hawk watchers enjoy the migration of raptors in the fall. While broad-winged hawks comprise the majority of raptors migrating southward, one could also spy osprey, bald eagle, Cooper’s, sharp-shinned, and red-tailed hawks, and American kestrel. During the spring and summer, this area is alive with other avian activity. Look for indigo bunting, American goldfinch, chipping sparrow, eastern towhee, and gray catbird. Blooming milkweeds and asters attract eastern tiger swallowtail and other vibrant butterflies.

Note: Most services listed for this site are available at Milepost 169, in the Rocky Knob Picnic Area.


Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 168 (Services are available at Milepost 169)

From Floyd, head west on East Main St toward North Locust St. Turn left onto VA-8 South/ South Locust St and continue to follow VA-8 South for 5.9 miles. Take the exit on the left toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel 3.6 miles. Turn left at milepost 168 and the trailhead will be on the right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Information: 828-298-0398
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Saddle Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Brown Thrasher
  • American Robin

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Camping
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms