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Site CLP13: Grandview Nature Preserve

Description

This 500-acre preserve along the Chesapeake Bay may be entered on foot. A trail passes through a cordgrass marsh, where a medley of wetland waders can be seen. In wooded patches along the trail, woodland birds, like the eastern towhee, are abundant. The trail ends at a 2.5-mile long sandy beach. During spring, the beach's dunes are home to the largest colony of least terns on the Atlantic Coast. Black skimmer, American oystercatcher and other shorebirds also frequent the beach. During winter, northern gannets or tundra swans can be spotted as they fly over offshore waters.

Directions

Exit Gosnold's Hope Park and continue east on East Little Back River Road 0.5 miles to Harris Creek Road. Turn right and proceed south 0.8 miles to the intersection with Fox Hill Rd./SR 169. Turn left, travel east on Fox Hill Road for approximately 1.4 miles, and turn left on Beach Road. Continue on Beach Road for 2.6 miles, and then turn left on State Park Drive. Park along the road and walk to the entrance at the end of the road.

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