Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CSF02: Bennett's Creek Park


This multi-use facility is comprised of mowed playing fields surrounded by mixed deciduous forest and is bordered to the west by tidal Bennett's Creek. A ramp provides waterborne visitors with access to hundreds of acres of tidal wetlands along Bennett's Creek and the Nansemond River. Songbirds, as well as a variety of reptiles, amphibians and insects, are best seen along the 1.5-mile nature trail that meanders through the surrounding woodlands. During summer, when land bird activity is diminished, viewing the adjacent tidal channels by boat, which are part of the Suffolk Canoe Trail, provides access to the greatest number of bird species and allows close looks at blue and fiddler crabs, killifish, and other salt marsh denizens. In winter, paddling these channels supplies closer looks at wintering waterfowl.


From Hoffler Creek Nature Preserve, return to SR 164 via Towne Point Road/Twin Pines Road. Turn right and follow SR 164 West toward Suffolk for 2.3 miles. Exit SR 164 onto US 17 North and follow it for 1.0 mile to Rt. 626. Turn left, go 0.8 miles and turn right on Bennett's Creek Road. Finally, travel 1.0 miles to the parking lot and boat launch.

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