Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CNN20: Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Wilna Unit


The Wilna Unit is a recent addition to the Rappahannock River Valley NWR. From Sandy Lane, visitors should drive down the dirt lane surrounded by early growth forest. In the early morning, these woods should reward visitors with sightings of numerous breeding and migrant songbirds. The road continues through recently cutover forest and managed grasslands, terminating near a pond, which hosts herons, frogs, and many interesting dragonflies. Breeding grassland species include grasshopper sparrow, eastern meadowlark, wild turkey, and northern bobwhite.


From the Tayloe Unit, continue on Naylors Beach Road for 1.8 miles. Turn right at the stop sign onto Rt. 636, which turns into Strangeway Road. Proceed 1.7 miles, turn left onto Rt. 640/Sandy Lane, and travel 1.1 miles to the Wilna Unit's entrance gate on the left. Physical Address: 336 Wilna Rd., Warsaw, VA 22572.

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