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Guard Shore Tract, Saxis Wildlife Management Area

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDWR encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail for any COVID-19 policies or closures. This information is typically posted on a site's own website. Remember to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.


The Guard Shore Tract of Saxis Wildlife Management Area offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The access road traverses a salt marsh where a fortunate summer observer can expect to hear clapper rails or possibly catch glimpses of seaside and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows. The site’s maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.


  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th, except on Sundays. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.



Physical Location: Guard Shore Rd, Bloxom, VA, 23308

From US-13 in Nelsonia, travel west on VA-187 W. Continue 1.7 miles, then turn right onto Bethel Church Rd. Turn left onto Mitchell Rd/ T-684. Continue as road becomes Guardshore Rd. and enters the Wildlife Management Area. Travel until end of road to reach Guard Shore Beach.

From the Previous Site on the Eastern Shore Loop of VBWT:

Leave Gargatha Landing and go right (west) on Rt. 680/Gargatha Landing Road to its intersection with Rt. 679/Metompkin Road. Turn right on Rt. 679 and go 1.6 miles to SR 187/Nelsonia Road. Turn left on SR 187 and go 1.0 mile to the traffic light. Cross US 13 and continue on SR 187 for 2.2 miles into the Town of Bloxom. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right onto Rt. 779/Bayside Dr. Travel 0.3 miles and take a left on Rt. 684/Guard Shore Road. Proceed 1.2 miles on Rt. 684, bear left at the yield sign, and bear right at the campground. Continue on Rt. 684 for 2.1 miles to the end at Guard Shore.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries - Region1 Office: 804-829-6580, BirdingTrail@dgif.virginia.gov
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  • Access: Daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Seasonal Bird Observations


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