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Once a State Game Sanctuary for white-tailed deer, this aptly named 50-acre park offers woodland, creek, and lake habitats. Deer Park is a multi-use park with an extensive walking trail of particular interest to the wildlife enthusiast. This trail meanders through woodlands of pine, oak , maple, and tulip poplar, mucky lake edges, and grassy banks, and supplies a venue to view nesting and migrant songbirds. Deer Park Lake attracts wood ducks and other dabbling ducks. Take note–this multi-use facility can be extremely crowded during weekends.
Access Note: The small foot bridge that provides access to the 13-acre track trail system has been temporarily closed. Following repairs, the bridge should be reopened by the fall of 2022.
Physical Address: 11523 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23601
Deer Park is located on Jefferson Avenue, just south of J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, in the center of the Newport News. The park has two entrances: at Robinson Road and at Groome Road.
From the Previous Site on the Lower Peninsula Loop of VBWT:
Leaving the Virginia Living Museum, continue driving north briefly on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard to Jefferson Avenue. Turn right on Jefferson Avenue/SR 143; proceed for 0.1 miles to the entrance on the right.
Location & DirectionsView on Google Maps
- Site Contact: City of Newport News, (757) 886-7912
- Access: Free, Daily Sunrise-Sunset
Birds Recently Seen at Deer Park (as reported to eBird)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Northern Flicker
- Blue Jay
- Carolina Chickadee
- Carolina Wren
- Gray Catbird
- Brown Thrasher
- American Robin
- Pine Warbler
Seasonal Bird Observations
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