Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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- Site Access: Daily. Hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or access permit required.
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Site CNN03: Land's End Wildlife Management Area
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' Land's End WMA is situated along the north shore of the Rappahannock River, an area that can boast of the densest bald eagle breeding population in the lower 48 states. Virtually any trip to Land's End is an eagle fest, illustrated by these regal birds soaring over the Rappahannock or perched along its shores. Fields here are prepared annually for waterfowl, and at least 10,000 Canada geese winter here each year. The forests at Land's End host a number of neotropical landbirds, such as red-eyed and white-eyed vireos, hooded and black-and-white warblers, ovenbird, northern parula, great crested flycatcher, and orchard and Baltimore orioles. These lands were once home to a sizable population of Nanzatico Indians, who farmed and fished along the Rappahannock shores for hundreds of years. This area is riddled with the remnants of their presence, including a number of burial mounds that have recently been identified. Please respect the original residents of this land and leave all artifacts untouched.
From Wayside Park, return to US 301 and turn right, heading south. Drive approximately 15.0 miles to the intersection of US 301 and Rt. 625, Salem Church Road. Proceed 3.1 miles east on Rt. 625 to Rt. 698, Nanzatico Lane, and turn right. Drive south on Rt. 698 to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' Land's End Wildlife Management Area; the entrance to Land's End WMA is 1.4 miles south of Rt. 625. Continue along the entrance road to the manager's residence. Turn left onto Land's End Trail. Follow it for 0.6 miles to the Education Center Construction site.