Dorrier Park and Canal Walk

Important Notices

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Dorrier Park, with its pleasant trail along the berm separating the open playing fields from the railway, is the perfect spot for an afternoon or early morning walk. Along the trail, hikers can take in the commanding view of the park and nearby treetops. In the southwest corner of the park, a small wastewater pond offers a haven for numerous woodchucks, and could host a variety of waterfowl during migration. The open parklands and scattered trees hold numerous blue jays, northern mockingbirds and large numbers of mourning doves in the fall.

In the early evenings, large numbers of turkey and black vultures can be seen as they congregate before roosting just south of the park. In spring and summer, a wide variety of colorful butterflies can be seen flitting across the open fields. Look for eastern tiger and black swallowtails along with viceroys, monarchs and red-spotted purples. Dragonflies can also abound especially near the wastewater pond with eastern pondhawks, eastern amberwings and slaty skimmers being the primary players.


Physical Address: 250 Page Street, Scottsville, VA 24590

From the Nearest Major Road:

Take Route 20 South to Scottsville, then turn right onto West Main Street. Turn left onto Page Street and follow it to the park.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Albemarle County Parks & Recreation: 434-296-5823 x3338, [email protected]
  • Website
  • Access: Free, open daily from sunrise to sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Dorrier Park and Canal Walk (as reported to eBird)

  • Common Raven

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Phone
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