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Green Springs

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


The founding fathers of America envisioned a nation of farmers, not the least of which was James Madison, whose farm lies at the beginning of the Green Springs Loop. With such a long and rich history, Virginia unsurprisingly hosts some of the oldest farms in the nation. Several of these can be seen in the Green Springs National Historic District interspersed by numerous woodlots and crossed by several streams. This area is great for wildlife such as short-eared owls, rusty blackbirds and horned larks. Along this loop is Lake Anna, the largest waterbody in the central Virginia Piedmont. The lake has produced dozens of unusual species sightings, ranging from loons to shearwaters, making it well worth the effort to explore thoroughly. Be on the look out for regularly-occurring species, such as bald eagles, ospreys, tundra swans and many, many more. Interspersed along the way are a few smaller parks that host a great variety of resident species, with the occasional surprise during migration.

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Louisa County Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Department of Tourism & Visitors Bureau

Spotsylvania County Dept. of Tourism