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Site CSY10: Munden Point Park, Dozier Landing
Munden Point Park, a 100-acre facility located on the North Landing River, was formerly a famous waterfowl-hunting site. It is now an excellent site for naturalists, as it provides canoe and kayak access to the Intracoastal Waterway, low swampy woodlands along swampy creek, forests of tall pine and sweetgum, and the borders of salt marshes. The North Landing River has the largest great blue heron rookery in Virginia, numbering over 300 birds. Munden Point Park birds include brown-headed nuthatch, orchard oriole, chipping sparrow, brown thrasher, yellow-billed cuckoo, common yellowthroat, prothonotary warbler, and American goldfinch. The local Duke's skipper may be found along the boggy edges of Oakum Creek. As you walk out on the narrow fingers of land that project into the Intercoastal Waterway, notice the various methods that have been used to keep the land from eroding. Interlocking articulating blocks and bio-logs (made from compressed shredded coconut husks) are two of the techniques that have been used. Pale orange Needham's skimmers are abundant about the reeds during summer. A novel aspect of the park is its coin-operated worm dispenser, where anglers can buy fish bait. Dozier Bridge Dozier Bridge is a canoe/kayak launch with a parking area and ornamental gardens. The launch provides a good access point to the extensive waterways that crisscross the area. Horn Point to Lovett's Landing Water Trail From General Booth Avenue and Princess Anne/ Rt. 149, continue south on Princess Anne for 3.6 miles (bear right at Sandbridge). Turn left on North Muddy Creek Road for 2.6 miles to Horn Point Road and turn left. Continue for almost one mile to the entrance. This site offers a one-and-quarter mile water trail for the canoeing or kayaking naturalist. However, this site is also an accessible venue for wildlife-viewing from land. Horn Point Road meanders through tidal marshes, duckweed ditches, and phragmites-lined roadsides. A variety of water birds, dragonflies, amphibians and reptiles are common along this Trail.
Return to Princess Anne Road. Turn left, proceed 0.7 miles, and turn right on Munden Point Road. Continue about 0.8 miles and turn right onto Pefley Lane. The park is at the end of the road.