Pond Mountain Game Land

Pine Sisken by Keith Watson

Ashe County, NC

December 9, 2021

Ruffed Grouse by Alan Lenk

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 12 participants.

Guide/Leader: Clifton Avery

Meet and carpool from Ingles near Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary - 915 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC, 28804. Also, an option to meet and carpool in Boone, NC. Time: Leave Asheville at 6:00 AM or meet in Boone at 7:00 AM Price: $55 (picnic lunches are not currently included in our day trips)


Join us for a rare winter venture in the northwestern corner of North Carolina as we plan to look for some of the more uncommon visitors to our mountains. Weather up on Pond Mountain this time of year can be quite cold and can change abruptly so bring warm, layered clothing and rain gear. Be prepared for a moderately strenuous 3 – 4-mile hike up steep hills along gravel roads. If you are planning to drive yourself it is recommended to drive a 4WD or AWD vehicle.

Our day will begin exploring the lower elevation of Pond Mountain for any wintering species among northern hardwoods and early successional habitat. We will then make our way up the ridge eventually topping out at nearly 5,000 feet, surrounded by a spectacular vista in open field and early successional habitat. If the weather remains nice around noon we will have our picnic lunches on top of the ridge. If the weather is poor we will seek shelter at a lower elevation for lunch.

Pond Mountain Game Land is located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina and makes the state line border with Virginia and Tennessee. As well as the regular wintering birds, such as Ruffed Grouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Hermit Thrush, and Pine Siskin, we will be looking for wintering raptors, such as Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl and maybe, Golden Eagle.