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Located in the picturesque Appalachian mountains and valleys in Fayette County, West Virginia (enter "Fayetteville, WV 25840" on your mapping app or click here). Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump (or within 500 miles) of 66% of the U.S. population and 33% of the Canadian population - we are easy to find... if you know where to look! As the bird flies, follow U.S. Route 19 to the New River Gorge Bridge and you're here. From that vantage point Smithsonian's Aerial America named the area one of the "Top 13 Landscapes of 2013!" Coincidence? We think not. Our beloved deciduous forests provide crucial stopover habitat for migrating birds and birders.

We eagerly look forward to hosting and birding with you during your stopover!
Registered guests should watch your email in mid-February for your final invoice (payable by March 15) with itinerary, information and maps – all of which you should bring along with you.

  • If you are staying at Opossum Creek Retreat, Country Road Cabins, or Holiday Lodge, check in is between 3 and 5 p.m. the day before your first field trip.
  • Birding by Butt is at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat - coffee will be ready at 6 a.m.; birds and breakfast will follow on their own schedule.
  • All field trips (except Birding by Butt) will meet at Burnwood campground at 6 a.m. in an outdoor pavilion for a hot buffet breakfast. Burnwood is located immediately north of New River Gorge Bridge, across Rt. 19 from the National Park Service Canyon Rim Visitor Center.
  • Trips depart no later than 7 a.m.
  • All Dinners (except on All-Day trips) and Presentations are at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat. Popcorn Presentations start at 3; dinner starts at 6; evening presentations at 7 p.m. If you've selected an All-Day trip, you will have a restaurant dinner at a local hotspot.
  • Gold Standard trips return at 2; Premium trips at 6; All-Day trips at 7 p.m.
  • We do not have an official check-in. When you arrive at the Meadows for your first venue, look for one of your hosts (Dave, Rachel, Geoff, Keith - we wear yellow and blue name tags) and we will gladly get you settled in and provided with additional items and information.

Click here to view Google Maps for location and driving directions to Fayetteville, WV

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Oak Hill Holiday Lodge, Rt. 19, Oyler Avenue Exit

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Did you know...

  • the "New" River is the second oldest in the world?
  • the New River Gorge Bridge is on our state quarter?
  • WV is the third most heavily forested state in the nation?
  • West Virginia's state motto is "Mountaineers are Always Free?"

Intrigued by these facts? Ask for more when you get here. We're full of it (interesting facts!) and love to share.