Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: All
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- Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CAP01: Rockwood Park
This 160-acre park is a multi-use facility that includes a nature center and a 5.5 mile long system of trails. Accessible behind the nature center, the trails wind through forested uplands and riparian woodlands and provide good viewing for woodpeckers, owls, and other woodland species. Several of the trails are paved for wheelchair access. Some of the trails parallel Gregory's Pond, a private reservoir adjoining the park and provide opportunities to observe beavers, turtles, dragonflies, and frogs. Great blue herons and ospreys are often found feeding in the shallows. The observant naturalist will encounter butterflies, several species of snakes, and after a rainy spell, mushrooms of every size, shape and color.
From Richmond, take SR 76/Powhite Parkway South to Courthouse Road in Chesterfield County. Turn left onto Courthouse Road/Rt. 653 and travel 1.4 miles. Rockwood Park is located south of the Powhite Expressway just before reaching Hull Street (US 360). Turn left into the park.