Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CLP11: Sandy Bottom Nature Park


Sandy Bottom Nature Park is comprised of 456 acres, almost all of which remains in its natural state. Habitats include forest, wooded and marshy wetlands, open water, and lake edge. Platforms on the water's edge are convenient spots to view flocks of migrating bufflehead and other waterfowl, as well as transient shorebirds that feed along the lake margins. Boats may be rented to further explore the aquatic habitats. Visitors may wish to call ahead to inquire about the numerous guided walks and other programs offered by the nature center. Brochures are also available to explain some of the features along approximately six miles of trails. Because the habitat has been left in a relatively unmodified state, breeding and migratory birds are abundant, as are many species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The native plant gardens outside the nature center are excellent places to study butterflies and the local varieties of dragonflies.


Exit Deer Park and turn left on Jefferson Avenue/SR 143. Proceed 0.1 miles and turn right on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard. Drive 1.4 miles to I-64 East. Take I-64 East to exit #261A onto the Hampton Roads Center Parkway. Proceed 0.2 miles and turn right onto Big Bethel Road; continue for 0.2 miles. The park entrance on the left.

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