Exploring Wetlands Park is a quiet treat

The Wetlands entrance on Landria DriveThe Wetlands is a quiet part of the James River Park System on the south shores of the river in below Stratford Hills — attached to the much more well-known Pony Pasture Rapids Park.

What you’d normally find in the tranquil park is bird watchers, joggers or people walking their dog. During the fall, this is a great place to see a wide variety of colorful leaves.

“Once a cornfield, once actually used as a sewage lagoon, now reverting to its natural swamp like conditions,” said Ralph White in an interview with a slideshow a couple of years ago. “Maintained with a variety of habitats, not only forests but also tall wet meadow environments, shallow ponds. A place that we are managing to foster frogs and salamanders. It has been successful in terms that it has cost nothing in terms of restoring wetland habitat very popular bird-watching site and dog walking area.”

Boardwalk constructed by Eagle Scouts in The Wetlands

There is a narrow wooden boardwalk through the woods that was constructed as an Eagle Scout project. There are many small trails through the woods to explore and the main gravel path is wide and worn enough to allow for children to bike safely.

There is a beach in the park and if you are willing to carry your craft a long way, it would be possible to takeout from the Wetlands.

 The park is located at the end of Landria Drive on the southbank of the James River. There is parking for up to seven cars on the street in the cul-de-sac at the entrance. Please respect the driveways and homes on the street.

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One response to “Exploring Wetlands Park is a quiet treat

  1. Don’t be sending people to our little haven. We like it quiet 🙂

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