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Site CRI08: Richmond National Battlefield Park and Chimborazo City Park

Description

The grounds of the Richmond Battlefield Park are on a high bluff with an expansive view of the city. From the manicured lawn surrounding the National Park Service office, several trails descend to walking paths traversing the hillside at various levels. This tier of trails, though accessible from the Battlefield National Park, is actually part of Chimborazo Park, lying below the west side of the battlefield. The first trail below the bluff parallels a flowing seep that is home to the seepage dancer, a spottily distributed small black and light blue damselfly of the Eastern Seaboard. The seepage dancer shares this habitat with several other species of dragonflies. Butterflies are also plentiful along the trail due to the weeds and wildflowers growing along the seep. The trails continue through open oak groves that throng with “yellow-shafted” northern flicker, blue jay, northern mockingbird, and other passerines. The bluff is an excellent spot from which to look down on swallows foraging over the oak woodlands, and it can also provide some opportunities to view raptors during the fall migration.

Directions

From Cold Harbor Battlefield, return to SR 156/Cold Harbor Road. Turn right/west on SR 156 and follow it 5 miles to US 360. Turn left onto US 360 West and follow this for 6.0 miles to US 250/Broad Street. Turn left on to US 250 East/East Broad Street and continue approximately 15 blocks to 32nd Street. Watch for the signs for the Richmond National Battlefield Park Headquarters on your right.

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