Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: Rodney Kane; (434) 352-8257, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Free
Site PAP02: Appomattox County Park
County Park lies on the southern edge of the Town of Appomattox. In addition to a traditional playground, the park holds a walking trail and numerous wildlife watching opportunities. It is surrounded on three sides by undeveloped open brushy fields making it attractive to a variety of open country and woodland species. Walk along the creek and search for flocks of tufted titmice and Carolina chickadees, which can often be joined by red-eyed vireos, downy woodpeckers and occasionally, white-breasted nuthatches. The sounds of raucous blue jays and American crows could lead to a raptor or even an owl being chased from its hiding place deep in one of the tree lines. Check the beds of flowering plants for a variety of butterflies, including red-spotted purple, eastern tiger swallowtail and the occasional viceroy or monarch. Out in the open fields, scan for cruising common green darners and search the stream for powdered dancers along its more open stretches.
From Spring Grove, go east on Rt. 613 for 1.3 miles to Rt. 608. Bear right (east) for 5.1 miles to SR 26. Turn right and go south 5.0 miles to SR 24. Cross SR 24 and continue straight on SR 26/US 460 Business for 0.1 miles to SR 131. Merge onto SR 131, heading south through downtown 0.7 miles to Rt. 641/N. Church Street. Turn right and go south 0.3 miles. Turn left (east) on Rt. 727/Evergreen Avenue. And follow it 0.1 miles to Hunter Street Turn left (northeast) on Hunter Street and follow it to Appomattox County Park.