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Malvern Hill (Richmond National Battlefield Park)

Important Notices

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Description

Malvern Hill is part of the Richmond National Battlefield National Park complex. A large kiosk and trail brochure provide detailed information on the site’s trails. A 0.25 mile-long trail runs west toward the “Malvern Cliffs” overlook. Hikers can also take a 1.5 mile loop trail through maintained meadow and agricultural fields, which are reminiscent of the scene as it was during the Civil War period. This is prime habitat for open grassland species like bluebirds, which can be seen fly catching from any available perch. Common avian inhabitants of these fields are known to include the northern bobwhite, field sparrow, prairie warbler, indigo bunting, common yellowthroat and northern harrier. An additional 1.7 mile loop joins this trail as it enters the woods. This loop overlooks Western Run and meanders through a large tract of mesic mixed hardwood forest. American holly dominates the forest’s understory, offering food and cover to the seasonally changing assemblage of songbirds. Known inhabitants include the acadian flycatcher, Carolina wren, Carolina chickadee, red-eyed vireo, tufted titmouse and red bellied woodpecker.

Historically, this area  was one of Richmond’s outer defenses during the Civil War. Malvern Hill was also the final unsuccessful attempt to disrupt McClellan’s withdrawal during the Seven Days’ Battles.

Directions

Physical Address: 9175 Willis Church Road, Richmond, VA 23231

From Previous Site on the Plantation Loop of VBWT:

From Dorey Park, head northeast on Dorey Park Dr toward Darbytown Rd. Turn right onto Darbytown Rd and continue 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Doran Rd and continue just over 2 miles. Turn left onto VA-5 East/ New Market Rd. Travel 5.1 miles and turn left onto VA-156 North/ Willis Church Rd. Proceed 1 mile and follow Willis Church Rd left until it runs into Malvern Hill.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 795-5019, kristen_allen@nps.gov
  • Website
  • Season: Winter, Summer
  • Access: Free, Daily dawn to dusk

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Canada Goose
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking