Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CNN15: Belle Isle State Park


Belle Isle State Park is a recent addition to protected lands on the Northern Neck. The park, much of which is in active cultivation, offers a wide diversity of habitats. Narrow hedgerows, maritime pine forests, salt marshes, and scenic overlooks of the Rappahannock River attract a wide diversity of wildlife. A walk along the forest edge can turn up a variety of butterflies and songbirds and visitors may hear the whistle of a northern bobwhite. A trail winds along the salt marshes where visitors can view wildlife from an observation blind. The trail continues to a forested island. On humid spring and summer evenings, chorusing frogs, such as the eastern narrowmouth toad and gray treefrog, can be heard here. The park has a manicured picnic area overlooking the Rappahannock River where nesting ospreys can be seen on marsh structures in summer months. Terns, shorebirds, and waterfowl grace the river and its shorelines at various seasons year-round.


From the Chesapeake Trail, return to SR 3 and Rt. 604, turn left (west) onto SR 3\Mary Ball Road, travel 3.9 miles, and turn left on SR 201 South. Continue 3.1 miles to the terminus and turn right on SR 354. Proceed for 3.1 miles and turn left on Rt. 683/Belle Isle Road. The park entrance is 0.7 miles from the intersection and offers maps and information about the park. Fee- $3

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