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Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve

Important Notices

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Description

From the Natural Area Preserve’s parking area, a 0.4-mile trail leads through the mixed hardwood 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. By continuing on to the nearby public boat ramp, visitors are likely to encounter riparian birds such as prothonotary warbler and several species of herons and egrets.

Note: Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Directions

Physical Address: Peters Bridge Rd, Waverly, VA 23890

From the Previous Site on the Tidewater Loop of VBWT:

From Chippokes Plantation State Park,  head south on State Rte 665 toward State Rte 783. Turn right to stay on State Rte 665. Turn right onto State Rte 634 and continue 3.6 miles. Turn right onto VA-10 W/ Colonial Trail E. In 1.8 miles, turn left onto VA-10 W/ VA-31 S and continue 8.5 miles. Make a slight left onto State Rte 606. In 3.8 miles, continue onto State Rte 622 for 2.4 miles. Turn left on VA-35S. Drive 1.2 miles and turn a slight right on State Rte 631; continue 2.4 miles to the parking area on the right.

To continue on to the public boat landing: From the Chub Sandhill Natural Area Preserve, continue 0.3 miles on Rt. 631, across the bridge, and immediately turn right to the public boat landing on the Nottoway River.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

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

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking