Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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- Site Access: Free, Daily
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Site CMN02: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve
Dyke Marsh Preserve features a well-developed wetland forest, expansive mudflats, and vistas of the Potomac River. Over 300 species of birds have been seen at this park. Like Jones Point, this preserve's juxtaposition to the Potomac and urban environments makes it an oasis for wildlife. A trail runs through the wetland forest with an extensive understory that attracts fall and spring migrants. Red-eyed and white-eyed vireos, great crested flycatcher, and warblers galore can be seen in these woods after a massive migration event. The trail also runs adjacent to the extensive Hunting Creek mudflats, which is a great spot to view foraging shorebirds, and waterfowl. The lucky visitor can see up to a dozen bald eagles on the mudflats. Flowering plants throughout the site are also sure to attract a diverse array of butterflies.
From Jones Point Park, return to South Royal Street, turn right, travel 0.1 miles and turn left onto George Street. After 0.2 miles, turn left onto South Washington Street. Drive 1.3 miles and turn left into the Dyke Marsh entrance. Turn left at the park's entrance and park in the last parking lot for a good overlook of the extensive Hunting Creek mudflats.