Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CMA08: Zoar State Forest


This forest comprises 378 acres that were once part of a large estate at Aylett, which was considered at the time to be the “wickedest place of its size in this part of the world.” Two self-guided nature trails provide excellent access to the forest. Wildlife and forest management practices are demonstrated along the 2-mile Main Forest Trail and educate visitors about the creation of edge habitat, discing plots, grass plantings, as well as pine and hardwood management. The 1.4-mile Nature Trail on Rt. 600 has 2 loops. The Mattaponi Bluffs loop meanders through upland and bottomland forests, crosses wetlands, and offers gorgeous views of the Mattaponi River. The Herring Creek loop offers views of Herring Creek and bottomland hardwoods while winding through upland hardwood forests. The Mattaponi Bluffs loop occasionally floods in late winter and early spring. The wetland ponds and streams provide additional wildlife watching habitat. A canoe trail guide and information about outfitters is available.


From the Walkerton Boat Landing, return to Walkerton Road/Rt. 629; follow this road across the Mattaponi River and continue south for approximately 2.0 miles to SR 30. Turn right on SR 30 and travel approximately 4.0 miles to Rt. 600/River Road. Turn right onto Rt. 600/River Road and follow it for 4.5 miles to US 360. Continue on Rt. 600 across US 360 and bear left immediately on Rt. 608/Upshaw; follow it for 0.2 miles to the entrance on the right.

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