Greensprings Interpretive Trail
- Interpretive Signage
- Natural Area
- Walking Trails
- Wildlife Viewing
Wander along this 3.5-mile nature trail that loops through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands and forests. The trail includes sections of wooden boardwalk as well as interpretative signs about the environment, historic events of the early colonists and American Indians and area wildlife.
Over 200 species of birds have been documented on this site, which is part of the Virginia Birding Trail.
Seasonal birding observations may be viewed via eBird.
Trail Etiquette & Safety Tips
Observe all posted rules and regulations. Refer to the Public Facilities Rules and Regulations (PDF) for additional rules not listed below.
- Children under the age of 12 must be supervised at all times by a parent, or a guardian at least 16 years old.
- Pets must be secured by a collar and a chain, cord or leash no longer than 8 feet in length, and the pet must be under the owner’s complete and immediate control at all times. Loose dogs can be hazardous to other users.
- Hike/ride with a partner.
- Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings and know which trail you’re using. If you wear earphones, inserting only one earpiece is suggested so that you’ll be able to hear if another user is on the trail behind you.
- Stay on the trail. Going off of the trail can damage the environment, threaten wildlife and accelerate erosion. Be considerate of adjacent property owners and do not use their property for trail access without permission.
- Stay to the right and alert others by saying “on your left” when passing.
- It is helpful to carry a cell phone and a whistle and/or other noise maker, and identification such as name, phone number, pertinent medical information—all are very important in case of an emergency.
- Please refrain from using trails after major storm events until staff has time to ensure they are safe.
- Leave no trace behind! Help keep the trail clean by depositing waste in recycling and trash receptacles.
- Greensprings Interpretive Trail Map (PDF)
- Park Use Permit Application (PDF)
- Public Facilities Rules & Regulations (PDF)
Tents, Inflatables, Generators and Other
Single, free standing tents, up to 16’x16’, are permitted in the open space between the parking lot and the tree line to the left of the trail entrance. Tents must be anchored per manufacturer’s recommendations, with tie downs marked in a noticeable manner and may not be combined with other tents. Use of tents larger than 16’x16’, inflatables, generators, petting zoos or any amusement attraction, towable smoker/grill or fryers, or other large equipment will require a Special Park Use Permit and additional fees, and approval will be based on date, size, scope of the event and any conflicts the event may have on public usage of the park/trail.
The Greensprings Interpretive Trail is a dog-friendly trail. Dogs must be under complete and immediate control of owners at all times and must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Owners are responsible for removing dog waste. Litter bags are available and guests should use only what they need while using the trail.