Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve


Grafton Ponds represents Virginia's best remaining example of a coastal plain pond complex. The many ponds here were formed by dissolution of the underlying calcareous marine deposits of the Yorktown Formation. This wetland complex supports several rare plants and animals for Virginia including Harper's fimbristylis, pond spice, Mabee's salamander and barking treefrog.


This preserve is owned by the City of Newport News and the area is open for visitation. Please contact Newport News Parks for access information at (757) 886-7912.


Rick Myers, Stewardship Manager, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage,, 804-371-6204 

Contact Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve

Rebecca Wilson, Regional Supervisor
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: 804-720-4295


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • York County, Virginia

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