Poor Farm Park

Ashland, Virginia 23005

Poor Farm Park

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The site of a Civil War battle between May 23 and 26, 1864, this park retains well-preserved earthworks. Ten interpretive signs along what was once Ox Road recount the battle. Under the command of Robert E. Lee, who was ill during the battle, Confederate troops halted the Union advance but failed to give chase, thereby allowing the Union to regroup and move toward Richmond.

It may have made a poor farmstead, but the land along Stagg Creek, about 4 miles west of Ashland, makes a fine Hanover County park. No doubt plowing the steep terrain that rises east from the creek would be difficult, especially using traditional methods. But the county found the hillside ideal for the construction of an amphitheater nestled into the surrounding hardwood forest."

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Pony Pasture is a beautiful trail and especially easy and enjoyable for children and dogs. This is a quick, great trail to unwind after work and reconnect with the river. Blue Heron and woodpeckers are all over the place. A few logs are on the trail in spots - fun to jump over, unless your dog is old and arthritic. The James is amazing; this is a trail we use often, sometimes for a short walk of twenty minutes or so, other times for a long explore of several hours. (Watch out for the poison ivy!) Even with lots of folks out this time of the year, you can always find a spot to keep to yourself, if you like.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Hiking, Archery
Additional Use
Hanover County Parks, (804) 365-4695.
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