Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Mattaponi Loop


The Mattaponi Loop offers a transition from the upland woods and river rapids of the Richmond Loop to the marsh locations of Mathews and Gloucester. Pine-oak forest communities dominate this rural area and are interspersed with farmland and freshwater tidal rivers. The loop features stops along the mighty rivers that divide Virginia's western shore. A variety of wildlife can readily be seen along these waterways, including a myriad of waterfowl, nesting ospreys, and majestic bald eagles. The loop route guides visitors to pristine bald cypress-dominated bottomland forests where interesting reptiles, amphibians, and songbirds reside. The loop continues through the deciduous upland forest typical of the Middle Peninsula interior.

Loop Map


Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce

New Kent Chamber of Commerce

River Country Tourism Council

Tappahannock-Essex Chamber of Commerce

West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce

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