Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: All
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- Site Access: closed September 15-March 15. Daily. Hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or access permit required.
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Site CSY09: Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area, Whitehurst Tract, Trojan Marsh
Three tracts comprise the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' Princess Anne WMA but only two of the tracts are accessible by car—the Trojan Marsh and the Whitehurst Tract. The third tract, Pocahontas Marsh, is a group of marshy islands. The Trojan Marsh Tract has a boat launch and channel to open water where the wildlife watcher with a boat can access the marshes of Back Bay. During winter, taking a boat into the bay will expose visitors to several species of waterfowl, including various diving ducks and geese. There is little land access here but look for a short trail that winds along the channel/woodland interface that can provide views of song and marsh birds. To continue to the Whitehurst Tract, return to Princess Anne Road and turn left. Continue for 11.0 miles. Turn right onto Morris Neck Road, and travel 1.9 miles to Munden Road. Go south for about 1 mile to the gate on the right. The Whitehurst Tract is a patchwork of marshes, weedy and cultivated fields, narrow freshwater impoundments, and pine woodland. Because of the mixed character of the habitat, this area includes lots of woodland edge; both birds and white-tailed deer are plentiful. During summer, listen for northern bobwhite and watch for American and fish crows, raptors, and passerines. In summer, great egrets hunt the pond edges, to be joined in winter by several species of puddle ducks.
From Little Island Park in Sandbridge, travel 3.8 miles north to Sandbridge Road. Turn left on Sandbridge Road and drive 5.3 miles to Princess Anne Road. Turn left and continue on Princess Anne Road for 12 miles to Back Bay Landing Road. Turn left and proceed about 1.5 miles to the Wildlife Management Area entrance. Use the lower road, beyond the driveway at the bottom of the hill, about 100 yards past the house.