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 (Fimbristylis perpusilla), pond spice (Litsea_aestivalis), Mabee's salamander (Ambystoma mabeei) and barking treefrog (Hyla gratiosa).
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.
Zach Bradford, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219