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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Christanna Loop

Description

In 1714 Royal Governor Alexander Spotswood established Fort Christanna on the banks of the Meherrin River for education, religion, commerce and military protection of the local residents. He named the fort in honor of Christ and Queen Anne. The Christanna Loop takes visitors through some of Southside Virginia's best sites; not least of which is the massive John H. Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake) that straddles the Virginia-North Carolina state line. This immense water body is renowned for its wildlife spectacles, ranging from thousands of waterfowl and dozens of bald eagles, to vagrant loons and other more oceanic species. Heading further east, there are a series of smaller lakes and woodlands to visit, each with their own set of residents. Scan the banks of Lake Gordon for a roosting belted kingfisher or strain your neck watching red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos at the Southside Virginia Community College. Wherever your travels take you in Southside you're sure to find wildlife to enjoy.

Loop Map

Services

Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
804.848.3154
brunschamber@meckcom.net

Brunswick County/Lake Gaston Tourism Association
866.783.9768
stewpot@meckcom.net

Chase City Chamber of Commerce
276.935.4147
chasecityva@meckcom.net

Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce
800.557.5582
clarksville@kerrlake.com

Kenbridge Chamber of Commerce
434.676.1558

South Hill Chamber of Commerce
800.523.4347
shchamber@meckcom.net

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

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