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Veteran’s Memorial Park is an urban oasis surrounded by the sprawl of the City of Emporia. The large open lawn area attracts butterflies, such as clouded sulphurs, which utilize the area to bask in the warm sun. A long, paved trail meanders along the Meherrin River and provides access to a wooded riparian corridor consisting of American elm, river birch, eastern sycamore and American hackberry. The understory is comprised mainly of shrubby vegetation, almost completely overrun with Japanese honeysuckle. This dense layer provides refuge for numerous birds like Carolina chickadee, dark-eyed junco and yellow-rumped warbler. The river is shallow and slow moving, but may hold waterfowl any time of year.
Physical Address: 201 South Main Street, Emporia, VA 23847
From the Previous Site on the Christanna Loop of the VBWT:
From County Pond/ Brunswick Lake, head southwest on County Pond Rd toward Dogwood Dr. Turn left onto US 58 E and follow it for 13.9 miles west to Emporia. Turn right onto Market Dr and continue onto W Atlantic St. Turn right onto N Main Street. Go 0.6 miles and turn left onto Battery Ave and into the parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park. This lot is adjacent to the Emporia Municipal Building.
After your visit, to continue to I-95, return to US 58 Business/Atlantic Street and turn left onto Atlantic Street. Follow US 58 Business West/Atlantic Street to I-95.