On rainy afternoons, mist enshrouds the fern-blanketed hills in the 138-acre park, evoking the Smoky Mountains rather than Tidewater Virginia. A bird- and nature-watchers paradise, the Park’s trails lead hikers past old-growth trees, identified with markers, to a sweeping overlook and a pair of colonial graves.
Parks & Trails
Take a stroll through some of New Kent's nature trails, community parks, and nature preserves.
Quinton Community Park is a recreation facility located in the western part of New Kent County. It is New Kent County's newest park - completed in 2008. Quinton Community Park provides a half mile paved walking trail, a playground, picnic shelter, two athletic fields, horseshoe pits, and a basketball court. Park hours are from dawn to dusk.
The Vandell Preserve at Cumberland Marsh provides a pristine habitat for wetlands species and migrating waterfowl. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the preserve while glimpsing wildlife that includes bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, and egrets. The Cumberland Marsh also contains the world's largest population of the rare sensitive joint-vetch. Wintering wildlife populations include black ducks, wood ducks, mallards, and Canada geese.
The 258-acre forest is located in New Kent County, near Providence Forge. Crawfords Tract was willed to trustees by Bessie R. Bocock for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a bird and game sanctuary and nature trail. Mrs. Bocock had expectations that the Crawford’s tract would serve as the eternal connection between her late parents, Robert Emmet Richardson and Julia Wickham Harrison Richardson, and the residents, both present and future, of New Kent County.
With 2600 acres that borders the York River, Ware Creek WMA is located near the community of Barhamsville. Ware Creek wildlife management area presents extensive wetlands with a mix of open fields, pine and hardwood forests. Agricultural fields offer upland habitat variety along with small wildlife clearings and beaver wetlands. Ware Creek WMA also contains saltmarshes and tidal-freshwater marshes as a part of its wetlands.
Ware Creek WMA provides hunting opportunities for deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, as well as small game.
With spectacular cypress forests, Game Farm Marsh Wildlife Management Area is among eastern Virginia's best areas to see a variety of interior wetland birds. Consisting of 429 acres, this area includes wetlands, two creeks, shallow waters with submerged vegetation. Nearby Chickahominy Lake provides ample fishing opportunities year around. Bass, crappie, and pickerel are often caught. The thick grass beds and abundant panfish make fly-fishing popular here.
Waterfowl hunting is popular in the area within designated times and locations.