Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CNN11: Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve
This preserve, lying on a peninsula that juts into the Chesapeake Bay, offers terrific wildlife viewing opportunities. Public access facilities include a trail and boardwalk, a wildlife viewing platform, and a small parking area. A large fallow field with scattered shrubs lies at the park's center. This is a hotspot for foraging fall migrant songbirds and for raptors, including Merlin. The shrubs offer migrants a crucial re-fueling location as they pick the winged sumac and other bushes clean of fat-laden berries. Also look for a large diversity of fall migrating warblers seeking food and cover in the adjacent hedgerows. Public access plans include the development of a parking lot, boardwalk and an overlook. The proposed overlook will allow visitors to look out over the preserve's extensive salt marshes. These marshes offer superb views of bald eagle, brown pelican, wintering waterfowl, and wading birds. Please remember that Dameron Marsh is a Natural Area Preserve and as such, contains sensitive natural communities. Respect this area by staying on designated paths, leaving pets in the car or at home, and not removing anything from the area.
From Vir Mar Beach, return to US 360 and Rt. 644. Take US 360 East for 0.2 miles and turn right onto SR 200. Travel 6.5 miles and turn left onto Rt. 605/Mount Olive Road. After 3.0 miles, turn left onto Rt. 606/Cloverdale Road. Proceed 0.4 miles and turn left onto Rt. 693/Guarding Point Lane. Continue for 0.3 miles and turn right onto a gravel road, which leads to the entrance at 0.4 miles.