Tours and Guided Walks
March 12th, 2022 - May 8th, 2022 (heavy rain cancels)
Every Sat and Sun, 10:00am at Bridgeport
Meet at the North parking lot. The Buttermilk Bend trail is well known among locals for its spectacular explosion of wildflowers in spring. The display changes every week, so come more than once! Docents will identify the flowers and explain some of their natural history and traditional uses. Plan on 1.5 hours and 2 miles. Due to the narrowness of the trail, dogs are not permitted on this tour. Appropriate footwear is highly recommended.
2022 Schedule TBD
Meet at the North Parking Lot at Bridgeport. Our experienced docents will lead a moderate 2 hour stroll around Bridgeport to spot our local bird residents. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have one. You might spot the Canyon Wren, American Dipper, Acorn Woodpecker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Bald Eagle and more.
Gold Panning Demonstrations
Summer (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Every Sat and Sun, 12pm - 2pm at Bridgeport
Meet at the troughs by the visitor center (donations welcomed)
Docents will demonstrate how to pan for gold in our troughs which are very likely to yield a bit of gold for most everyone. Practice in the troughs, then try your hand in the river. Remember, only pans and hands allowed in the park.
Call to schedule (fee)
Your guide will give a personal tour to your car club or group describing the history of transportation at Bridgeport including a tour of the refurbished Shell gas station. You will then drive on a piece of the historic Virginia Turnpike and pose with your car in front of the gas station and/or historic bridge for a photo.