Sugarloaf Mountain is a monadnock, a mountain that remains after the erosion of the surrounding land. A Registered Natural Landmark, Sugarloaf and its surroundings have long been a destination for birders in the Mid-Atlantic region. The forest birds include the great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, wild turkey, and red shouldered hawk. During the spring and fall, many migratory species of songbirds can be found.
Visit the preserve page to plan your visit and then download the audio tour map (PDF). The numbers marked on the map correspond to the audio files in the tour. You can select and listen to each track from the audio player below or download the files to your mobile device.
Cell service may be unreliable at many of our preserves. We recommend you download the recordings and maps before you visit. Need a little help saving the files? Check out our step-by-step guide!
Meet Your Guide
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. and Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore, as well as a frequent contributor to The Washington Post. She leads popular field trips for Casey Trees and The Nature Conservancy.
Downloadable Files (mp3 format)
Audio tours begin from the West View parking area.
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