I.C. DeHart Memorial Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.

Description

Elevation: 1398 ft.

I.C. DeHart Memorial Park supports a beautiful reclaimed wetland site with a boardwalk and extensive interpretive information. An asphalt walking trail offers access for more physically challenged visitors. Numerous signs in the area provide information about the insects, reptiles, birds and plants found in the wetland as well as documenting the history of its creation and ongoing community involvement in studying its ecology. The wetland serves as an obvious focus for the wildlife watcher to search the reeds for red-winged blackbirds in summer, swamp sparrows in winter and perhaps a common snipe during migration. The surrounding sports fields support open country species such as eastern bluebird and killdeer, while the bordering woodlands support chickadees, titmice and the occasional red-bellied and downy woodpeckers. Search the wetland in spring and summer for a variety of amphibians including red-spotted newt and perhaps a turtle or watersnake. Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies abound in the varied vegetation.

Directions

Physical Address: 2631 Charity Highway, Woolwine, VA, 24185

From the Previous Site on the Sweet Mountain Laurel Loop of the VBWT:

From Lower Rock Castle Creek Trail, return to SR 8, turn right and drive 2.8 miles to SR 40. Turn left on SR 40 East for 2.6 miles to the park on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Patrick County Recreation Department: 276-694-3917, recdept@co.patrick.va.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at I.C. DeHart Memorial Park (as reported to eBird)

  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Hermit Thrush
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms