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Lewis Fork Overlook


The Lewis Fork Overlook provides beautiful panoramic views east from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Yadkin River valley. Cerulean Warblers are a highlight for this site and are usually found during spring at Milepost 270.5, a short 0.3 mile walk south on the Parkway from the Overlook. Many warbler species, including Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white Warblers, Ovenbird and American Redstart breed at this site and still others can be found during migration. Also be on the lookout for Pileated and Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Phoebe, Wood Thrush, Blue-headed and Red-eyed Vireos, Scarlet Tanager and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

White-breasted Nuthatch, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Scarlet Tanager


northern hardwood/cove forest

Special Features/Concerns

Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are often closed during the winter months due to snow and ice. Other temporary closures may occur following storms as a result of hazardous road conditions. It is best to check our website to get current road conditions (http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm). The use of tapes to attract birds is prohibited.

Access and Parking

The site is open daily, except during Parkway closures. Parking is available at designated overlooks.


From Boone, travel east on US 221 North/US 421 South about 11 miles to Deep Gap. Turn right on the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance ramp before crossing under the Parkway. At the top of the ramp, turn left on the Parkway and proceed 7 miles to the Lewis Fork Overlook at Milepost 270.2.

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