Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CAP06: John J. Radcliffe Appomattox River Conservation Area


Woodlands of maple, sycamore, sweetgum, oak, ash, and pine surround the launch site, which includes a paved parkway with picnic facilities. The woodlands serve as habitat for a variety of birds, as do the open fields just north of the park. From the boat launch, look for spotted sandpiper on the rocks and fish-eating birds such as belted kingfisher. A short trip to the road's end will allow you to scan the reservoir for osprey and wintering waterfowl.


Exit left from the main entrance at Dodd Park at Points of Rocks onto Enon Church Rd (SR 746). Turn right on Ramblewood Dr. Drive 1.5 miles to Wood's Edge Rd (SR 620) and turn left. Continue on Wood's Edge Rd for 1 mile. Turn right onto SR 746 and then turn left onto Jefferson Davis Hwy (US-1/ US-301). Drive 3 miles, and then turn right onto Lakeview Ave (SR 626). Continue 3.3 miles on Lakeview Ave, which becomes Woodpecker Rd. Continue straight as it changes names again to Matoaca Rd (still SR 626). Turn left on Church Rd (SR 669). In 2.5 miles, turn right onto River Rd., then left onto Chesdin Rd (still SR 669). In 1 mile, the Conservation Area's entrance will be on the left. Physical Address: 21501 Chesdin Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23803.

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