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Waid Recreation Area


Elevation: 1152 ft.

This sprawling 512-acre park has numerous attractions to offer the wildlife watcher, including nature trails and river access. A nature trail leads from the first parking area on the left into pine woodlands that support numerous breeding birds as well as white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos in winter. White-breasted nuthatches could occur throughout the year. Traveling down the hill to the next parking area provides access to a seasonal wetland that can support a variety of waterfowl during winter and migration including hooded merganser. In summer, the wetland attracts several species of damsel- and dragonflies. Numerous swallowtails, sulphurs and skippers should be searched for in the more open areas of the park, as should eastern bluebird and killdeer.


Physical Address: 701 Waid Park Rd, Rocky Mount, VA 24151

From Rocky Mount, take VA-40 W/ Franklin St for 2 miles. Turn right onto State Rte 640 and continue 1.8 miles. Turn left onto State Rte 800, then make a sharp right. The park will be on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 483-6606
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Waid Recreation Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Bald Eagle
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Common Raven
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Bike Trails
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms