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Walnut Creek Park is centered on a large manmade lake, Walnut Creek, surrounded by mixed deciduous forest. Fifteen miles of trails, throughout the entire area, provide the perfect opportunity for mountain biking, running and hiking. Upon entering the park, check the lake for migrant waterfowl, such as northern shovelers, blue-winged teal, northern pintails, ruddy ducks and other waterfowl, which sometimes join the dozen or so resident Canada geese. Don’t forget to scan the far shore of the lake for great blue heron and great egret, as well as, osprey which drop in from time to time.
Follow one of the numerous trails into the woods to search out some of the local residents. Listen for the tapping of one of the half dozen woodpecker species possible in the trees. The more open areas of the park host northern flickers and red-bellied woodpeckers, joined by yellow-bellied sapsuckers in the winter months. Summer residents include indigo buntings and ruby-throated hummingbirds, and an evening visit could turn up an eastern screech-owl or maybe a great horned or barred owl.
Summer is the best time for butterflies and other showy insects. Check the prolific flowering plants for eastern tiger swallowtails, Aphrodite fritillaries and an array of sulphurs, dusky wings and skippers.
Physical Address: 4250 Walnut Creek Park Road, North Garden, VA 22959
From Nearest Major Road:
Take Route 29 South, then turn left onto Route 708/ Red Hill Road. Turn right onto Route 631/ Old Lynchburg Road and continue for .05 mile to the park on the left.
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- Site Contact: Albemarle County Parks & Recreation: 434-296-5844, [email protected]
- Access: Fee, open daily sunrise to sunset Memorial Day-Labor Day
Birds Recently Seen at Walnut Creek Park (as reported to eBird)
- Canada Goose
- Hooded Merganser
- Mourning Dove
- Belted Kingfisher
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
- Red-headed Woodpecker
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Downy Woodpecker
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Pileated Woodpecker
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Bike Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch
- Canoe/Kayak Rentals
- Boat Ramp