Dorey Park

Important Notices

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Description

Dorey Park consists of mixed-use facilities with a manmade pond, deciduous woodlands, several sports fields, and a recreation center.  Trails are easily accessible, composed of gravel and natural forest floor, and can be navigated without difficulty. A portion of the Virginia Capital Trail (asphalt trail) crosses through the southern portion of the park. See website for a park map.

Common woodland species are found throughout with red-bellied woodpeckers and blue jays chattering away from the woods and family groups of Canada geese sailing about on the ponds. Regular inspection of the park is likely to turn up unusual and unexpected species. Spring and fall migration tend to bring the most surprises. Warblers will probably trickle through for weeks during these periods and there may even be days when everything aligns and a rare spectacle of abundance occurs. Watch for the wagging tail of palm warblers or the bright yellow feet of the female blackpoll warbler. High in the canopy northern parulas, Blackburnian and bay-breasted warblers clamber about, while black-throated blue and chestnut-sided warblers prefer the middle tree levels. Maybe even a prairie warbler or perhaps an American redstart will fly into the picture. They all can occur, and at times do so all at once; the luck is being there to see them.

Directions

Physical Address: 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231

From Nearest Major Road:

From I-295, in Henrico, take exit 22B to merge onto VA-5 West toward Varina. Continue a little over half a mile, then turn turn right on Doran Drive and continue 2.1 miles. Turn left  onto Darbytown Rd. and follow it 0.7 miles to Dorey Park Drive. Turn left and continue into the park.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Henrico County Recreation & Parks: 804-652-1440, Dorey@henrico.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, open daily sunrise to sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Dorey Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Fish Crow
  • Purple Martin
  • European Starling
  • Canada Goose
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms