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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Seasons: All
  • Site Contact: (757) 259-5394 PMease@james-city.va.us
  • Site Access: Free, Daily
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Facilities

Hiking Trails Interpretive/Nature Programs Interpretive Trail Parking

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Site CLP02: Greensprings Greenway Trail

Description

This trail was developed to provide a 3.4-mile soft surface venue for hikers and joggers. The naturalist might find it difficult to believe that this extensive site, with its remarkable diversity of habitat, was created for humans and not wildlife. One of the three interconnecting trail loops encircles a 34-acre beaver pond and incorporates a 1,000-foot boardwalk with an observation deck overlooking the water. Abundant red-headed woodpeckers and ospreys share nesting rights to the snags flooded by this pond, and waterfowl use it as a resting area during migrations. Over 175 nesting and migrant birds are plentiful and include several kinds of warblers and other songbirds. Botanists will appreciate knowing that wildflowers previously located in the path of the trails were relocated out of harm's way, and, subsequently, the entire trail was designated a wildflower sanctuary that continues to receive transplants from other developments within the county. The trail and the boardwalk may be used during all seasons and are ADA accessible.

Directions

From York River State Park, exit left on Rt. 606/Riverview Plantation Drive. Continue 1.2 miles to Newman Road. Turn right on Rt. 646, travel 2.8 miles (Newman Rd turns into SR 199), and continue on SR 199 another 4.7 miles to Longhill Road/Rt. 612. Turn right and proceed west 3 miles to Centerville Road/Rt. 614. Turn left (south) on Rt. 614, continuing 4.7 miles to John Tyler Highway/SR 5. After 0.6 miles on SR 5, turn right onto Eagle Way. Turn right and park in the rear of Jamestown High School by the tennis courts where the trailhead begins.

Loop Map