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Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve


The Hickory Hollow Nature Area Preserve offers 3.5 miles of footpaths that meander through 250 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest, ravines and Cabin Swamp that form an important habitat for migratory songbirds, wild turkey and a rare plants. This site, protected from development by the Northern Neck Audubon Chapter, is home to many interesting breeding birds including Acadian flycatcher, hooded, and black-and-white warblers. The park is also home to over 500 plant species, including beautiful wildflowers. Careful lookers can be treated to rare orchids and emerging mushrooms after a heavy, late summer rain. There are abundant springs and seeps in the ravine areas that harbor a variety of species, including the rare Tidewater amphipod, a small crustacean. Colored markers mark the nature trails and a variety of accompanying resources including a trail map, plant list, and tree guide can be accessed on the Northern Neck Audobon Chapter’s website.

Please remember: Hickory Hollow is a Natural Area Preserve and as such, contains sensitive natural communities. Respect this area by staying on designated paths, leaving pets at home, not removing anything from the area, and packing out all trash.


Location Coordinates: 37.77182, -76.44534

From Kilmarnock, follow VA 3 towards Lancaster. Just before you reach Lancaster, turn right onto VA 604. The preserve is on your left.

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: DCR, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward: 804-225-2303,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve (as reported to eBird)

  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms