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42nd Street Entrance, James River Park System

Description

An elevated walkway crossing the railroad tracks allows the naturalist an opportunity for treetop birding, which can be an excellent venue for spotting warblers, vireos, and flycatchers during migration.

The bridge over the train tracks allows for treetop birding. Look for warblers during migration. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

The bridge over the train tracks allows for treetop birding. Look for warblers during migration. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

The trail leads to a short path through the riparian woodlands that line the riverbanks and onward to large boulders that have to be hopped in order to pass through large channels, ending at the river. This is a wonderful inner-city oasis to find a variety of birds such as, bald eagle, osprey, and warblers. In winter, look for a variety of waterfowl along the James River.

Notes:

  • Areas close to the river are subject to flooding. Check water levels here before heading out.

Directions

Physical Address: 4401 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225

From I-95 in downtown Richmond, take the VA-195/Downtown Expressway exit, follow signs for US-60/Canal Street and merge onto E. Canal Street, turn left onto S. 9th Street, take the U.S. 60 W/Semmes Avenue ramp and turn right onto US-60 W/Semmes Avenue, turn right onto W. 22nd Street, turn left onto Riverside Drive, and the parking area is on the right. This route has tolls; please consult your navigation app of choice for routes without tolls.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Friends of the James River Park: friends@jamesriverpark.org; City of Richmond: 804-646-5733, AskParkRec@richmondgov.com
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at 42nd Street Entrance, James River Park System (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chimney Swift
  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Osprey
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

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  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch