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Varina LandLab

Description

The Varina LandLab contains 350 acres made up of grassland, riparian, river, forest, and early successional habitats along the James River. The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) has been protecting and restoring the property since 2017 and the Varina LandLab opened to the public in June 2023. Within the first 5 months, eBirders reported 95 species, including northern bobwhite, yellow-breasted chat, and blue grosbeak.

Multiple sparrow species can be found in the brush along the well-maintained trails. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

Multiple sparrow species can be found in the brush along the well-maintained trails. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

Red foxes, American minks, and eastern river cooters are among the non-avian species seen here so far. The CRLC is continuing its work to restore the land to its natural state through tree plantings, prescribed burns, and invasive species removal, and they’re encouraging citizen scientists to submit sightings to eBird and iNaturalist so biodiversity changes can be tracked over time.

Notes:

  • The James River and surrounding tributaries here are tidal and also subject to flooding. Check the tide predictions on the NOAA website and the water levels on the National Weather Service website before heading out.
  • The only public access point along this section of Four Mile Creek is at Deep Bottom Park. Putting-in or taking-out at anywhere else is prohibited.

Directions

Entrance 1 Address: 8951 Deep Bottom Road, Richmond, VA 23231

Entrance 2 Address: 9051 Deep Bottom Road, Richmond, VA 23231

Entrance 3 Address: 9200 Deep Bottom Rd, Richmond, VA 23231

From I-295, take exit 22A to merge onto VA-5 E/New Market Rd, turn right onto Kingsland Rd, turn left onto Deep Bottom Rd, and park at one of the three entrances along Deep Bottom Rd.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Ashley Moulton, 703-554-5860, ashley@capitalregionland.org
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Varina LandLab (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Environmental Study Area
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Historical Site