Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Plantation Loop


The Plantation Loop consists of several sites just 10 miles southeast of Richmond and 15 miles west of Williamsburg. Early settlement of this stretch of rich agricultural land, with easy navigational access along the James River, led to the development of numerous plantations. Many of the James River plantations have been restored and are now open for house and grounds tours. The main attraction for most visitors is the history and grandeur of architectural design of the plantation homes, but the avid naturalists will find the gardens and surrounding natural areas a pleasurable place for wildlife watching. The history of numerous plantation loop-area venues makes taking your time in this fascinating region well worth it. The James River is the main water source for the sites on this loop, which include various parks, boat landings, plantations and a fish hatchery. These sites offer a diversity of habitat including riverside shores, riparian thickets, eastern arboreal forests, mixed-deciduous woodlands, grassy meadows, and the waters of the James River.

Loop Map


Charles City Visitor Information

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

New Kent Chamber of Commerce

Orange Hill Bed & Breakfast

Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation B&B

Richmond Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau

Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Williamsburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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

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