Crawfords State Forest

The 258-acre forest is located in New Kent County, near Providence Forge. Crawfords Tract was willed to trustees by Bessie R. Bocock for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a bird and game sanctuary and nature trail. Mrs. Bocock had expectations that the Crawford’s tract would serve as the eternal connection between her late parents, Robert Emmet Richardson and Julia Wickham Harrison Richardson, and the residents, both present and future, of New Kent County.

  • Hunting: Prohibited.
  • Lat-Long: North 37° 27’ 12.6", West 77° 4’ 48.6" | 37.4535 -77.080167
  • Map: Crawfords State Forest Recreation Map (PDF, 176KB, 1 pp., June 2012)
  • Parking and access: A small grass parking lot 1.75 miles west of Providence Forge on the south side of Rt. 60, puts you at the only trailhead on the property.
  • Primary Use: Demonstration and education for forestry, ecology, history, forestry research, hiking, and canoeing.
  • Forest tree types: Primarily loblolly pine and mixed hardwoods, with very large and very old bald cypress and tupelo on the property that covers the Chickahominey Swamp.
  • Flora/Fauna: Bird and wildlife sanctuary.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) | Camping | Horesback Riding | Hunting

State Forest Use Permit

A State Forest Use Permit may be required for visitors to the state forests.

Parking/Hours of Operation

  • Open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • A small grass parking lot 1.75 miles west of Providence Forge on the south side of Rt. 60, puts you at the only trailhead on the property.
  • Email the forest personnel.

Recreation Opportunities

Hunting

Hunting is PROHIBITED on the Crawfords State Forest.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited on all of the state forests.

Camping

Camping is not allowed.

Horseback Riding

Horses are permitted on the forest.

Coggins Test Certificates must be available for each horse on State lands.

We recommend that equestrians dismount and lead their horse over bridges and across streams.

State Forest Regulations

To ensure your safety, read our complete state forest regulations before visiting a forest.

  • No removal of any tree, plant or mineral.
  • Remove all trash.
  • Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited
  • No camping or public display of alcohol.
  • No fireworks, campfires or open air fires of any type.
  • Lawful firearms are permitted.
  • Hunting is permitted with a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting license in accordance with state hunting regulations. ABSF hunting map.
  • Fishing in designated areas only in accordance with state fishing regulations.
  • Gasoline motorized boats are not permitted.
  • Vehicular traffic on established roads only; not permitted on gated roads.

Last modified: Monday, 06-Apr-2015 17:39:22 EDT