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Gosnold’s Hope Park


Gosnold’s Hope Park is a suburban recreation center with a small tract of undeveloped habitat remaining at the back of the park. The loblolly pine stand is a magnet for mixed winter flocks, as well as some migrating warblers. The west side of the pine forest is bordered by a small tidal slough with emergent vegetation. A large tidal creek that attracts waterfowl and shorebirds forms the eastern park boundary. Wading birds frequent the park during the summer months.


Physical Address: 901 E. Little Back River Road, HamptonVA 23669

From the Previous Site on the Lower Peninsula Loop of VBWT:

From Sandy Bottom Park, return to I-64 East and travel 1.6 miles to exit #263B. Continue approximately 2.5 miles east on Mercury Boulevard/US 258 and follow it to SR 278/N. King Street. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp (north), continuing 0.6 miles to East Little Back River Road. Turn right (east) and drive approximately 1.5 miles (park address is 901 East Little Back River Road).

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 757-850-5179
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily 7a.m. - Sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Gosnold’s Hope Park (as reported to eBird)

  • House Finch
  • Song Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chimney Swift
  • Killdeer
  • Laughing Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Camping
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  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch