Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CRI11: 42nd Street Entrance, James River Park System


An elevated walkway crossing the railroad tracks allows the naturalist an opportunity for treetop birding, which can be an excellent venue for spotting warblers, vireos, and flycatchers during migration. This trail guides the naturalist to a short path through the riparian woodlands that line the riverbanks and onward to large boulders that have to be hopped in order to pass through large channels, ending at the river. This is a wonderful inner-city oasis to find a variety of birds such as, bald eagle, osprey, and warblers. In winter, look for a variety of waterfowl along the James River. Contact: Friends of the James River Park, email:, City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities: 804-646-5733, email:


From Belle Isle, return north on 5th Street and turn left on Canal Street. Turn left onto 2nd Street. Follow 2nd Street to the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Cross the James River and turn right on Riverside Drive. Travel 1.4 miles to the James River Park System entrance just beyond 42nd Street (a right turn from Riverside Drive into the parking lot). Physical Address for the 42nd street entrance: 4401 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225.

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