Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CRI12: The Wetlands to Pony Pasture Rapids, James River Park System


This site offers an attractive hiking trail that leads to two blinds overlooking the wetlands and eventually terminates at the banks of the James River. The trail provides access to hardwood stands, brushy thickets, meadows, wetlands, and dense riparian thickets along the river. The ponds on site are likely to attract American bittern, marsh wren, and pied-billed grebe. Closer to the river, in the upland forests, look for nesting birds, including several species of warblers. The adjacent meadows are used by a variety of wintering sparrows. The river provides views of waterfowl, bald eagle and osprey at most any time of the year. Contact: Friends of the James River Park, email:, City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities: 804-646-5733, email:


Exit the 42nd Street entrance to the James River Park and turn right. Proceed 0.6 miles and turn left at the stop sign on Evelyn-Byrd Road. Follow this road for 0.2 miles and turn left on SR 161/Westover Hills Boulevard. Continue 0.4 miles; turn right on Forest Hill Avenue. Turn right on Rhettig Road (1st turn after the Willow Oaks Country Club) and then left onto Winchester Drive (this road changes to Buckhill Drive after the sharp curve). Follow this road approximately 1.0 mile to Landria Drive. Turn right and park beside the entrance gate in the cul-de-sac.

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