Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: Spring, Fall
- Site Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Free, Daily
Site CTW10: Veteran's Memorial Park
Veteran's Memorial Park is an urban oasis surrounded by the sprawl of the City of Emporia. The large open lawn area attracts butterflies, such as clouded sulphurs, which utilize the area to bask in the warm sun. A long, paved trail meanders along the Meherrin River and provides access to a wooded riparian corridor consisting of American elm, river birch, eastern sycamore and American hackberry. The understory is comprised mainly of shrubby vegetation, almost completely overrun with Japanese honeysuckle. This dense layer provides refuge for numerous birds like Carolina chickadee, dark-eyed junco and yellow-rumped warbler. The river is shallow and slow moving, but may hold waterfowl any time of year.
From Bellyache Swamp, turn around and follow Rt. 661/Old Church Road north for 3.7 miles to Rt. 615/Hicks Ford Road. Turn left onto Rt. 615/Hicks Ford Road and follow it for 2.5 miles to US 58 East/Southampton Parkway. Turn left onto US 58 and follow it for 10.0 miles west to Emporia and turn left onto US Business 58/Atlantic Street. Drive 0.8 miles and turn left on Southampton Street. Go 0.4 miles and turn left onto Halifax Street. After 0.1 miles, turn right on Virginia Street. Drive 0.1 miles and turn left at the light onto Main Street. Go 0.2 miles and turn left into the parking lot for Veteran's Memorial Park. This lot is adjacent to the Emporia Municipal Building. To continue to I-95, return to US 58 Business/Atlantic Street and turn left onto Atlantic Street. Follow US 58 Business West/Atlantic Street to I-95.