Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site PGS07: Arritt Park
Located in southern Spotsylvania County just a few miles north of Lake Anna, Arritt Park and its rich habitats warrant a stopover from area visitors. This 26.5-acre park holds a mix of hardwood and pine woodlands with a swampy pond and a popular baseball diamond. Visitors should check the pond for basking eastern painted turtles and the occasional wood duck or perhaps some other migrant waterfowl. The pond is also a great place for dragonfly-lovers. The pond hosts dozens of these smaller creatures in summer including prince baskettail, eastern amberwing, occasional Halloween pennant and other dragonfly species. As you walk through the park, you'll notice that the woods ring with the songs of pine warblers and the tiny trumpet-like calls of white-breasted nuthatches. In winter these woods host purple finches and yellow-bellied sapsuckers while a good day in migration could bring Cape May and bay-breasted warblers or perhaps a pair of scarlet tanagers. Although small, this park is well worth some regular exploration to get the most from what it has to offer.
From Lake Anna return 0.7 miles on Moody Town Road to Eastham Road. Turn left and go 0.7 miles back to Rt. 601/Greenes Corner Road. Turn left and follow Rt. 601 for 2.5 miles to Rt. 622/Fairview Road. Turn right on Rt. 622/Fairview Road and go 2.7 miles to Rt. 738/Partlow Road. Turn left and go 1.3 miles to Wallers Road. Turn left on Wallers Road and follow it 0.4 miles to the park on the left.