Welcome to R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks

Welcome to R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks (HMGJE)

Location: Chester, VA 23836 Chesterfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 19.31', W 77° 21.32'

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Captain John Smith's Adventures on the James

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Gabriel Archer wrote about a high rock cliff that projected into the channel of the Appomattox River upstream of its confluence with the James. When exploring the river in 1608, Smith found verdant marshes the likes of which can still be seen here at R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks.

Capt. John Smith's Trail
John Smith knew the James River by its Algonquian name: Powhatan, the same as the region's paramount chief. Smith traveled the river many times between 1607 and 1609, trading with Virginia Indians to ensure survival at Jamestown. What he saw of Virginia's verdant woodlands and pristine waters inspired him to explore the greater Chesapeake Bay, chronicling its natural wonders.

Trail Walking
This short, well-trod loop passes diverse terrain: hillsides forested in mature hardwoods, the cattail-and-cordgrass marsh along Ashton Creek, and the wide Appomatox River.

Over Looking.
Search for wildlife in the wild rice marsh as you walk along Ashton Creek boardwalk. Virginia Indians relied on these fresh water marshes for some of their food supply.

Bird Watching.
A Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) rests in Arrow Arum (Peltandra virginica). The large rhizome of this plant was dried and grounded by the Virginia Indians for making breads and soups.

A Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta) is coiled in the grass. Most of the snakes that live in the marsh are not poisonous and serve an important role in maintaining a balanced food chain.
Marker Number15
Placed ByCaptain John Smith's Trail, James River Association, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 3:48am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291302 N 4133176
Decimal Degrees37.32183333, -77.35533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.31', W 77° 21.32'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 18.60" N, 77° 21' 19.20" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 Enon Church Rd, Chester VA 23836, US
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