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Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area

Description

The Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area, managed by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, contains a mix of bottomland hardwood forest, upland early successional woods, and managed fields. Magnificent woods on the right side of Ware Creek Road attract a multitude of migrant and breeding passerines. The fields and adjacent forest near the parking area also offer great wildlife viewing opportunities. The fields are planted with corn and sunflower, which offer food for many species. Look for white-tailed deer and wild turkey foraging at dawn and dusk in these fields. Wildflowers such as goldenrod make this spot attractive for many types of butterflies, including eastern tiger swallowtail and silver-spotted skipper.

Notes:

  • 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. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.
  • Visitors should contact the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for seasonal hunting closures.

Directions

Physical Addresses: 4106 Buckner Road and 3776 Buckner Road, Rappahannock Academy, VA 22538

From I-95, exit onto US-1 South/US-17 South, turn left to stay on US-17 South, in approximately 13 miles, turn left onto Buckner Road/SR-615, and the first parking area is on the left. A second parking area is located 0.3 miles further ahead near the intersection of Buckner Road and Ware Creek Road. The provided GPS coordinates route to the first parking area.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Region 1 Office (804) 829-6580, BirdingTrail@dwr.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

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Primitive Camping