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.
Rebecca Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward,
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Natural Heritage Richmond, VA
Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program
217 Governor Street, Suite 312
Richmond, VA 23219-2094