Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Seasons: Winter
  • Site Contact: (757) 787-5726 jmcgowan@co,
  • Site Access: Free, Daily



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Site CES12: Harborton Landing


In winter this site provides a good chance to view a diversity of waterfowl. Access is difficult due to riprap between the parking area and the shore, but viewing from the upland and docks is possible. The plantings of trumpet vine and other herbaceous nectar producers attract butterflies for viewing in the warmer seasons. Also attracted to the site in the summer are birds including the orchard and Baltimore oriole. Nesting tree swallows can be spotted on pilings over the water in summer. Osprey nest on the nearby channel marker. The Landing also serves as a canoe and kayak launch.


From Wachapreague Interpreted Marsh, return to SR 180W and go 4.2 miles to US 13. Turn left on US 13 and drive 0.4 miles to SR 180W. Turn right on SR 180W and travel 3.3 miles to Pungoteague. Turn left at the stop sign and take the next right onto SR 180W. Take SR 180W 2.0 miles, bear right at the store, and continue for 0.8 miles into Harborton. Bear left at the County Dock and drive 0.2 miles into the Harborton Landing site.

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