Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CSY12: Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk
Picturesque manicured gardens, interlaced with canals, make the Norfolk Botanical Garden a visual delight. Boat tours here cruise the canals with plankton nets; binoculars are provided for guests. The main appeal of this site is its status as one of largest and most productive butterfly gardens on the Trail. American lady, painted lady, fiery skipper, Horace's duskywing, monarch, clouded sulphur, variegated fritillary, eastern tiger, black and Palamedes swallowtails, gray hairstreak, eastern tailed blue, buckeye, red admiral, and sleepy orange are only a few of the butterflies that utilize this excellent habitat. To return to I-64, return to Azalea Garden Road and go south. Turn left onto SR 165/Military Highway; I-64 will be approximately 1 mile.
From Stumpy Lake, return to Indian River Road and turn left. Proceed 1.0 mile and turn left at the traffic light, continuing on Indian River Road. Continue 0.4 miles and turn left at stop sign, still on Indian River Road. Drive 2.9 miles and turn right onto US 13 North. Proceed 3.8 miles and continue straight onto SR 165N. Continue 1.2 miles and turn right onto Azalea Garden Road/SR 192. Drive 1.2 miles to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens Entrance on the right. Fee: $6. To return to I-64, return to Azalea Garden Boulevard and go south. Turn left onto SR 165/Military Highway; I-64 will be approximately 1.0 miles.