Peninsula Trail

Reservoir in mist

Bob Gore

Bench 5. South Fork Rivanna Reservoir

This bench is at the end of a short spur trail to the water. Here you have a view of a branch of the Reservoir, which was created in 1966 when the South Fork of the Rivanna River was dammed. It is also a good place to look for fish, water birds, and turtles, such as cooters and painted turtles. Notice the large tree on your left closest to the water. This is a surprisingly large specimen of musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana), which is an understory tree and commonly much smaller.

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