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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Mattaponi Loop

Description

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

Services

Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce
804.693.2425
gccc@inna.net

New Kent Chamber of Commerce
804.932.9614
mdaniel445@aol.com

River Country Tourism Council
804.843.4499
hrsherwood@aol.com

Tappahannock-Essex Chamber of Commerce
804.443.5241
llumpkin@crosslink.net

West Point/Tri-Rivers Chamber of Commerce
804.843.4620
chamber@westpointva.com

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

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