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.
Physical 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 I-295 and I-64 in Sandston, head east on I-64, take exit 205 for VA-33 W toward VA-249 E/US-60/Bottoms Bridge/Quinton, merge onto VA-33/New Kent Highway, turn left onto US-60 E/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.