The Cow in the Woods LbNA # 43042
|Placed Date||Aug 17 2008|
|Last Update||Jun 21 2013|
The Cow in the Woods
Wahrani Nature Park in New Kent County, VA
Directions: From Richmond, take I-64 East to Exit 220. Head east on Route 33. The park is less than four miles down the road on the right. From Williamsburg or Newport News, head west on I-64 and exit onto Rt 33 heading northwest.
Wahrani Nature Park is a quiet forested park with walking trails. The trails twist and wind and we felt a bit lost at times but all the trails eventually lead back to the parking lot. My husband and I read about Wahrani in the Richmond Times Dispatch as one of the Sixty hikes within sixty miles of Richmond and thought we would check it out. The park serves as a biking trail to avid bikers in the area as well.
Upon entering the trail take the right hand path marked “Main Trail”.
Go right at the first “Bike Trail” sign.
The trail curves to the left and if you look to the right you will see two green diamonds attached to neighboring trees. Between the trees is a big pile of brush and downed trees.
Stand between the two diamonds and walk straight toward a tall Tulip Poplar. As you near the tree you will notice that the tree actually has two trunks.
The Cow in the Woods is wedged in between the two trunks.
This a 138-acre park is located about four miles east of I-64 and is about 30 miles from Richmond and three miles west of West Point. The park has one hiking/biking trail (approx. 1.5 miles) with several spur trails.
Nature lovers, bird watchers and mountain bikers can explore the Wahrani Nature Trail. The challenging terrain of the park has many steep hills and quick-drops and would mostly suit an experienced rider. The park is mostly pine and hardwood woodlands and has stream running throughout much of the park. There is plenty of shade and very little open green space. The parking lot has space for about 10 vehicles and is visible from Route 33.
Tree-lovers will find this walk especially rewarding. Signposts identify trees next to the path in many places and offer information on their history and human usage. Houses for songbirds often appear in the middle of the forest, as well.
In 2001 New Kent County assumed jurisdiction over the park, formerly known as the Chesapeake Nature Trail, because Chesapeake Corporation owned the land, or the Warreneye Nature Trail, in honor of the eighteenth-century Warreneye Church that once stood here. In 2003 New Kent renamed the area Wahrani Nature Park to reflect the word's Native American origins.