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Dan Daniel Memorial Park and Danville Riverwalk Trail

Description

Elevation: 403 ft.

On the southwestern edge of Danville, Dan Daniel Memorial Park affords access to the woods and fields along the Dan River, a lovely river from which the City of Danville derives its name.  Dan Daniel Memorial Park also provides access to the Danville Riverwalk Trail, a riverside trail that provides access to numerous viewpoints along the river as well as some open forest and shrubby fields. The variety of open country and eastern woodland species found in the relatively small area help make this a prime area for wildlife watching. Birds in this area include mourning dove, yellow-billed cuckoo, chimney swift, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, eastern wood-pewee, eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, cedar waxwing, red-eyed vireo, indigo bunting, song sparrow, and eastern meadowlark. Careful observation can lead to interesting natural history. In mid-summer, once young birds have fledged and are beginning to fly, check family parties of American robins or eastern bluebirds for parasitic brown-headed cowbird chicks trying to get a free meal. The true excitement in the park is to be found on the river. Great blue and green herons stalk the shallows while purple martin and tree and barn swallows fly-catch overhead. The numerous exposed rocks on the river are outstanding for a variety of damselflies. Search for American rubyspot and powdered dancer or dragonflies such as eastern amberwing, widow skimmer and blue dasher. Carefully check the large boulders along the river’s edge for retiring five-lined skinks. Butterflies are also well represented with hackberry emperor and pearl crescent filtered in among the more numerous eastern tiger and spicebush swallowtails.

Directions

Physical Address: 302 River Park Drive, Danville, VA 24540

From US 29 in Danville, take the River Park Drive exit towards Dan Daniel Memorial Park. Turn right onto River Park Drive and continue 0.3 miles into the park.

To return to a major road, return on River Park Road to US 29. From here, follow US 29 North to US 58 West.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Danville Parks & Recreation: 434-799-5200, playdanvilleva@danvilleva.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, Open dawn to dusk

Birds Recently Seen at Dan Daniel Memorial Park and Danville Riverwalk Trail (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Fee
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms