Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site is only viewable by boat

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Site CAP06: Appomattox River Canoe Launch


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.


From Point of Rocks Park, turn left on Rt. 746/Enon Church/Rufflin Mill Road. Drive 1.6 miles to stop sign. Turn right onto Rt. 746. Continue for 2.3 miles and turn left onto US 301/US 1 South to SR 36. SR 36 is the first light after the bridge (5.6 miles). Follow signs for SR 36W (it weaves through town). Turn right and travel 6.7 miles to Rt. 669 South. Turn left and go 0.8 miles to the Appomattox River Canoe Launch sign. From the Canoe Launch you can launch a boat to view wildlife on Lake Chesdin.

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