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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Site Contact: Marshall Sebra (804) 435-1552 PO Box 1357 Kilmarnock, VA 22482 msebra@kilmarnock.va.com
  • Site Access: Free; open daily dawn to dusk
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Facilities

Hiking Trails Interpretive Trail Parking

Site CNN13A: Baylor Park Nature Trail

Description

The nature trail at Baylor Park is an approximately one half mile long foot trail along the banks of Norris Pond on the north side of the town of Kilmarnock. The trail begins at a parking lot on VA Route 3just north of (and down the hill from) the traffic light at Old Fairground way. For the most part the trail follows an old logging road along the side of a steep bank that is heavily wooded with large oaks, beech, sweet gum, black gum and both Virginia and loblolly pine. Norris Pond has little open water but several streams flow through the extensive open wetlands that hold waterfowl in the winter and wading birds in the summer. Warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers and other forest birds are possible in season. The trail has several small footbridges that cross streams and wet areas and there are some short steep sections.

Directions

From Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve return to SR 605/Balls Neck Rd. and turn right, follow for 2.1 miles to SR 606 Shiloh School Road and turn left. Continue for 2.0 miles and turn left onto VA 200/Jessie Dupont Memorial Hwy. After 4.3 miles turn right onto VA 3. The entrance to the park will be on your right after 1.6 miles (down the hill from the traffic light at Old Fairgrounds way).

Loop Map