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Crawfords State Forest

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The 258-acre Crawfords State Forest is composed primarily of loblolly pine with various interspersed deciduous hardwoods. American holly dominates as the principle understory species. The site provides habitat for migrant and nesting songbirds such as American goldfinch, Carolina wren, and Carolina chickadee. Access to the forest is provided through a gated road, which is off limits to vehicular traffic. A map of the property can be found on the Department of Forestry website.

The natural area was dedicated to the memory of Robert Richardson and Julia Richardson by their daughter, Elizabeth Bowcock, in 1989.


Latitude/ Longitude Coordinates: 37.4535 -77.080167

The only trailhead on the property, a small grass parking lot, can be found 1.75 miles west of Providence Forge on the south side of Rt. 60.

From Previous Site on the Plantation Loop of VBWT:

Return to SR 5 and go back to SR 5/Rt. 618/Wilcox Wharf Road. Go right (north) on Rt. 618/Adkins Road for 9.7 miles to its intersection with US 60/Pocahontas Trail. Continue west 1.1 miles and turn at the median cut through. Crawfords State Forest will be on the right side of the eastbound lanes. A small Department of Forestry sign marks the site.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: VA Dept. of Forestry: 804-834-2855, dwight.stallard@dof.virginia.gov
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  • Season: All
  • Access: Free, Daily

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