Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: Gerald D. Vincent; (434) 848-3107 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Free, day use only
Site PCT08: County Pond
County Pond offers a large expanse of open water to explore for wildlife. Scan the numerous trees along the banks for perched belted kingfishers or listen for their far-carrying rattle as they fly back and forth across the water. During winter and migration, a variety of waterfowl drop in to feed and rest in these waters. Look for blue-winged teal and wood ducks in the shallows, and perhaps lesser scaups or other diving ducks in deeper water. The woods along the bank are filled with woodland species, such as tufted titmice and blue jays while the American goldfinch's tinkling call can often be heard as they fly overhead. Check amongst the thick growth of jewelweed for butterflies such as the silver-spotted skipper and the intricately patterned pearl crescent. The area is also great for dragonflies, with dozens of tiny eastern amberwings hovering close to shore, and stately slaty skimmers cruising the banks, joined by eastern pondhawks and blue dashers which occur in great numbers.
From Fort Christanna Historical Site return to SR 46/Hicks Street and turn left (north). Follow SR 46 for 2.2 miles and turn right onto US 58 EAST. Floow US 58 EAST for 5.6 miles and turn left onto County Pond Road. Turn left and continue for 2.1 miles to the County Pond on the right. To return to a major highway, retrace your steps to US 58. From here you can travel west to the Staunton River and Dan River Loops.