Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Site Contact: James A. Smith; (540) 967-4421 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Free, open daily
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Site PGS03: Town of Louisa Park
Hidden just outside of downtown, the Louisa Town Park stretches across six acres of open fields flanked by wooded creek beds, which are interspersed by a few over-arching trees. This is a great spot to enjoy a picnic or short walk in the fresh air. As you walk along the creek, listen for Carolina wrens and white-eyed vireos scolding from the underbrush and northern cardinals and their large family of fledglings chipping insecurely from overhead. Once you reach the open lawn, watch for foraging American robins, northern mockingbirds and chipping sparrows. Check the treetops for flocks of cedar waxwings and the occasional white-breasted nuthatch working its way carefully along the branches. Pay special attention to the park during migration since the variety of habitats could attract a wide range of migrant warblers, vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks and orioles.
Leaving Bracketts Farm, continue south on Rt. 638/Nolting Road 1.0 miles to Rt. 640/E. Jack Jouett Road. Veer left and go southeast 0.1 miles to Rt. 695/Hamilton Road. Go left (east) on Hamilton Road for 2.2 miles to Rt. 613/Poindexter Road. Turn left (northeast) and follow Rt. 613 for 2.9 miles to US 33/Louisa Road. Bear right (east) on US 33 and go 4.3 miles to Meadow Street. Turn right (southwest) and follow Meadow Street to the Town of Louisa Park.