Voorhees Nature Preserve

Description

Visitors to the Nature Conservancy’s Voorhees Nature Preserve should park and sign in at the Westmoreland Berry Farm store and ask for directions to the trailhead. The Preserve has trails through mature deciduous forest, boardwalks that cross open wetlands, and spectacular vistas from bluffs overlooking the Rappahannock River. Bald eagles, ospreys and migratory songbirds are abundant. A well-maintained trail leads from the field edge, down a ridge, to the river’s edge below. The trail crosses a 500-foot boardwalk that spans a freshwater meadow. A small stream crosses under the boardwalk. In mid to late summer, beautiful wildflowers including eastern Joe-Pye weed and orchids bloom near the stream. The trail continues along the Rappahannock River, offering stunning views from a 100-foot sand bluff. The path also runs by a record-size American beech tree.

Note: Access hours for the Preserve are based on the hours of operation at Westmoreland Berry Farm. Check the Farm’s website for hours.

Directions

Trail parking is at the Westmoreland Berry Farm.

Physical Address: 1235 Berry Farm Lane, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443

From VA-3 W at Claymont Rd near Oak Grove, VA, turn on rte 634/ Claymont Rd. After traveling 0.9 miles, turn right on Rte 637, drive 1.5 miles, and turn right into the drive for Westmoreland Berry Farm and park at the farm store.

From the Previous Site on the Northern Neck Loop of VBWT:

From Wilmont Boat Landing in King George County, return to the intersection of Rt. 681/SR 3. Turn right on SR 3 East, proceed 1.4 miles, and turn right on Rt. 634/Claymont Road. After traveling 0.9 miles, turn right on Rt. 637, drive 1.5 miles, and turn right into the drive for Westmoreland Berry Farm. Park next to the farm store on the left.