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Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve


Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve is over 1000 acres of mixed hardwood forest and DCR’s longleaf pine habitat restoration project. The main parking area serves as the trailhead for a 0.4-mile trail through the mature forest to an observation platform that overlooks the Nottoway River. Depending on the season, birds may be plentiful along this trail. During summer, birders can expect white-breasted and brown-headed nuthatches and several species of flycatchers and woodpeckers, along with the usual allotment of chickadees and titmice.

Hopefully one day, these longleaf pines will be home to red-cockaded woodpeckers. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease

Hopefully one day, these longleaf pines will be home to red-cockaded woodpeckers. Photo Credit: Lisa Mease/DWR

Another access gate is across the street from the Sussex County Convenience Center. This section feels like a completely different place because it’s where the longleaf pine habitat begins. There are many miles of trails that wind through the pines and shrubs. Warblers, sparrows, vireos, and woodpeckers are just some of the species to see here.



Physical Address of Main Parking Area: 23890 Peters Bridge Rd, Waverly, VA 23890

Physical Coordinates of Main Parking Area: 36.863225, -77.185804

Second Access Physical Coordinates: 36.86629, -77.18111

From Wakefield, head west on SR-628/W Main St, turn right onto SR-729/Turkey Pen Rd, keep right to continue on SR-740/Walter Lanier Rd, slight left onto SR-622/Cedar Sign Post Rd, turn left onto SR-606/SR-622/Beaver Dam Rd, turn left onto VA-35 S/Jerusalem Plank Rd, slight right onto SR-631/Peters Bridge Rd, and the main parking area is on the right in approximately 2.4 miles.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: VA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, Southeast Region Steward: 757-925-2318
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Observation Platform