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Greensprings Interpretive Trail

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Description

This trail was developed to provide a 3.5-mile soft surface venue for hikers and joggers. The naturalist might find it difficult to believe that this extensive site, with its remarkable diversity of habitat, was created for humans and not wildlife. One of the three interconnecting trail loops encircles a 34-acre beaver pond and incorporates a 1,000-foot boardwalk with an observation deck overlooking the water. Abundant red-headed woodpeckers and ospreys share nesting rights to the snags flooded by this pond, and waterfowl use it as a resting area during migrations. Over 200 nesting and migrant bird species have been documented here, including several kinds of warblers and other songbirds. Botanists will appreciate knowing that wildflowers previously located in the path of the trails were relocated out of harm’s way, and, subsequently, the entire trail was designated a wildflower sanctuary that continues to receive transplants from other developments within the county. The trail and the boardwalk may be used during all seasons and are ADA accessible.

Directions

Physical Address: 3751 John Tyler HighwayWilliamsburgVA 23185

Parking at the trailhead is located behind Jamestown High School.

From the Previous Site on the Lower Peninsula Loop of VBWT:

From York River State Park, exit left on Rt. 606/Riverview Plantation Drive. Continue 1.2 miles to Newman Road. Turn right on Rt. 646, travel 2.8 miles (Newman Rd turns into SR 199), and continue on SR 199 another 4.7 miles to Longhill Road/Rt. 612. Turn right and proceed west 3 miles to Centerville Road/Rt. 614. Turn left (south) on Rt. 614, continuing 4.7 miles to John Tyler Highway/SR 5. After 0.6 miles on SR 5, turn right onto Eagle Way. Turn right and park in the rear of Jamestown High School by the tennis courts where the trailhead begins.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (757) 259-5360, Nancy.Ellis@jamescitycountyva.gov, parks.rec@jamescitycountyva.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, 8 a.m. to sunset.

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Observation Platform