Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CNN10: Vir Mar Beach


This small sandy beach offers an excellent vista at the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can see large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, wading birds, terns, osprey, and fall migrating sanderlings, and monarchs butterflies. Strong offshore storms often bring interesting pelagic species to this spot. In addition to good waterbird viewing, a small wood lot adjacent to the parking area hosts interesting fall migrants. On humid summer evenings, the site may be a cacophony of gray and green treefrogs' loud choruses. On clear days, the Smith Island Lighthouse can be seen, as well as the shores of Maryland. A spotting scope is practically a must to fully enjoy the wildlife at this site.


From the Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve, return to the intersection of US 360 and SR 201, turn right onto US 360 East, and continue 7.4 miles to Rt. 644/Hacks Neck Road. Follow Rt. 644 for 3.6 miles and turn left onto Rt. 643/Vir Mar Beach Road. Continue along the road 0.7 miles to its end at Vir Mar Beach.

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