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Description of Subject Matter: The R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks is a 188-acre park that features a diverse natural area and a rich history. Athletic facilities and picnic areas are concentrated in the upper areas of the park. Access to the lower level is provided by a system of trails, which includes a boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh. It's a wonderful trail, full of turtles, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Point of Rocks Park first opened to the public in 1980. Located in southeastern Chesterfield along the Appomattox River, the park provides 190 acres of active and passive recreation facilities for visitors to enjoy.
Point of Rocks takes its name from a nearby sixty-food sandstone cliff on the Appomattox River. The park has been the site of a pre-colonial Native American village, colonial plantation, and ochre mine. Be sure to notice the evidence of past habitation at the homestead area and in old fields along the river. In 1864, General Butler established a Union encampment on the site; breastworks along the Appomattox River are still visible.
The marsh boardwalk and observation platform were built by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1986. [The current boardwalk was constructed 2000-2001 by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and Sheriff's Work Force Units 142 & 145.] A walk through Ashton Creek Marsh offers visitors a close look at a tidal marsh ecosystem. Native wildlife are likely to be encountered, including snakes. Please be alert!
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1998 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 1998 I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. Most of my vacations this year were Civil War sites but I also did a nice work-related trip to Ontario and New Orleans. No trips out west this year!