Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Seasons: All
- Site Contact: (757) 242-9237, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Site Access: Fee, Reservation
Site CTW08: Cypress Springs Farm
Cypress Springs Farm is an 81-acre site that has become a popular outdoor classroom among school groups of all ages. The area is composed of several forested habitats, including a swampy backwater of the Blackwater River. A variety of rare plants inhabit the property, many of which grow on the thin soils that developed over ancient beach dunes. A sandy road demarcated by a chain near the entrance pavilion leads to a cutover shrub area that can be excellent for both butterflies and dragonflies. Several bridges and boardwalks provide access to aquatic habitats inhabited by numerous species of reptiles and amphibians, including eastern kingsnake, green frog, and several species of rare orchid. During spring and summer, birdlife is conspicuous throughout the property. Woodpeckers are numerous, as are birds that favor wet understories, like hooded and prothonotary warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, and Carolina wren. Evenings spent in these swampy woodlands are apt to yield views of the brown bats that emerge on the property.
From the Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve, return north on Rt. 631 to SR 35, turn left, and continue north for 4.7 miles to SR 40. Turn right and travel 7.7 miles to the Town of Waverly, turn right on US 460, and continue south for 19.7 miles to Rt. 645 (from the mini-mart in Zuni, Rt. 645/Yellow Hammer Road is just 1 mile east on US 460). Turn right, drive 1.1 miles to the stop sign, turn right on Rt. 614, and continue for 0.4 miles. Turn left on Old Gum Tree Road, and proceed 0.7 miles to entrance on right. Park in the pavilion area.