A FREE family-oriented festival celebrating the unique birding opportunities in the NC High Country! Valle Crucis Park is a popular birding site due to the wide variety of habitats that surround it. These habitats include deep woods, the Watauga River, a small pond and cattail marsh, agricultural areas, and suburban yard habitats.
More about Valle Crucis Park:
The park is popular with walkers, recreation teams, and families. The park is wheelchair accessible. The park has paved walkways, restrooms (ADA), picnic shelters, tables, a boardwalk, as well as great playground equipment, ball fields, and basketball court. It is immediately behind shopping opportunities at the Mast General Store Annex and Candy Barrel, well known and popular shopping areas with a deli restaurant on site. Restrooms are available at the park as well. Fishing the Watauga River is another popular activity at the park. Weekly Wednesday morning bird walks are held here from March through October.
During the festival on April 8:
• Meet the birds of prey being rehabilitated by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute and students at Lees-McRae College;
• Join one of the bird walks through Valle Crucis Park with the birders of the High Country Audubon Chapter and biology graduate students of ASU;
• Browse the High Country crafts offered by vendors at the festival