Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park

Overview

Area name

Table Rock State Park

Area Location

Head west on Highway 11 from the intersection of US276/Highway 11 for approximately 5.5 miles and turn left onto East Ellison Lane, this takes you to the visitor center.

Area Map

Access

Admission: $2 for adults.

Hours of Operation: open 7:00 – 7:00 in winter and 7:00 – 9:00 in summer, every day.

Facilities

Background

Stopping at the visitor center to pick up trail maps is a good idea, as there are more than 12 miles of trails within this park. About 7 miles southeast of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness, Table Rock State Park is known for gorgeous views and higher elevations for birding. The best birding time in this area is from April through October. Visit the lake near the visitor center for unique winter waterfowl such as possible Ring-necked or Ruddy Duck sightings. Table Rock Mountain Trail is the highlight of the state park. This trail extends just over 3.5 miles and is rather steep in various places, but worth the 2,00 elevation change when you reach the top.

Other areas to check out near here are Jones Gap and Caesars Head.

Key Birds

Resident

Peregrine Falcon, Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, Common Raven, White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco.

Summer

Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Acadian Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Tree Swallow Wood Thrush, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, American Redstart, Overbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager.

Winter

Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin.