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Malvern Hill Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield Park


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.

Barn swallows nest at the kiosk. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

Barn swallows nest at the kiosk. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

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.


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

From I-295, take the VA-5 E/New Market Road exit toward Charles City, turn left onto VA-156/Willis Church Road, then turn left into the parking lot. If that lot is full, a second lot is 0.4 miles further on Willis Church Road.

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 795-5019,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily dawn to dusk

Birds Recently Seen at Malvern Hill Battlefield, Richmond National Battlefield Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Barn Swallow
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Killdeer
  • Black Vulture
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Carolina Chickadee

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Hiking Trails
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Historical Site