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Aug012012

Inn on Mill Creek





Description



Surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest, the Inn on Mill Creek is a 7-acre retreat reached by a winding mountain road descending between two ridges lined with hardwood forest and a thick understory of rhododendron and mountain laurel. By the Inn, a mountain stream fills a small trout pond. The upper end forms a wetland, with willows, alders, and other plants that provide habitat for songbirds. Ruby-throated Hummingbird can be seen feeding from the summer flowering jewel weed along the edge of the wetland. Nearby, blueberry bushes and blackberry vines provide fruit for both birds and Inn guests. Across the road, a small apple and peach orchard tucked into the hillside provides a nice birding location. Begin by scanning from the highest elevation over the top of the fruit trees for foraging birds and then walk along the forest edge to look and listen for additional species. Visitors can sit in the garden or by the pond to listen in the evening for the resident owls, while in early summer a Whip-poor-will may provide an evening serenade. The innkeepers can provide information on additional birding opportunities on nearby public hiking trails in Pisgah National Forest, making the Inn an ideal home base for an early morning start.





Species of Interest (Full Bird List)


Whip-poor-will, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ovenbird, Swainson's Warbler




Habitat


northern hardwood/cove forest, pond, stream and wetlands




Special Features/Concerns


Hunting is permitted in the Pisgah National Forest that adjoins the property. Birders should be aware of current hunting regulations and seasons, and take adequate safety precautions during those times. For more on hunting precautions, see the hunting season information at the beginning of this guide.




Access and Parking


The Inn is open to visitation daily by advance appointment, 8am to 9pm. Park along the paved drive or in the parking area in front of the Inn.









Directions




From I-40 take Exit 66 for Ridgecrest. Follow the blue B&B directional signs along with the following directions. Turn north from the exit ramp. At the stop sign, turn right toward Ridgecrest. Continue past the Ridgecrest entrance to the next stop sign. Turn left on Yates Road. Travel approximately 1 mile into the Pisgah National Forest. Veer left on the road marked by a blue Bed & Breakfast sign, adjacent to the Old US 70 barricade, and travel 1.5 miles. The Inn on Mill Creek is on the right. A split rail fence marks the property.


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