Mahogany Rock is located in a valley looking out at the Blue Ridge Mountains with nearly panoramic views of both North Carolina and Virginia. It is owned by the Nature Conservancy and is a hot spot for raptor migration and a “count site” for the Hawk Migration Association of North America. . Hawk Watches have been held there since the 1980’s. Besides raptors, it is a popular migration route for Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, Monarch Butterflies and a host of other interesting species.
The North Carolina Birding Trail cautions visitors to be aware that the Blue Ridge Parkway can be closed due to bad weather conditions in the winter, so it is best to get current road conditions before you venture out.
In addition, federally protected Timber Rattlesnakes make Mahogany Rock their home, so watch where you walk.
The use of any audio equipment to attract birds is prohibited.
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