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Sandy Bottom Nature Park

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.


Sandy Bottom Nature Park is comprised of 456 acres, almost all of which remains in its natural state. Habitats include forest, wooded and marshy wetlands, open water, and lake edge. Platforms on the water’s edge are convenient spots to view flocks of migrating bufflehead and other waterfowl, as well as transient shorebirds that feed along the lake margins. Boats may be rented to further explore the aquatic habitats. Visitors may wish to call ahead to inquire about the numerous guided walks and other programs offered by the nature center. Brochures are also available to explain some of the features along approximately eight miles of trails. Because the habitat has been left in a relatively unmodified state, breeding and migratory birds are abundant, as are many species of reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The native plant gardens outside the nature center are excellent places to study butterflies and the local varieties of dragonflies.


Physical Address: 1255 Big Bethel Rd., Hampton, VA 23666

From I-64, take exit 261A for Hampton Roads Center Pkwy. Turn right onto Big Bethel Rd.

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

Exit Deer Park and turn right on Jefferson Avenue/SR 143. Proceed 0.92 miles and turn left on Harpersville Road. Proceed 1.92 miles as road switches to Hampton Roads Center Parkway. Park entrance on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 757-825-4657, sbottom@hampton.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, Sunrise-Sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Sandy Bottom Nature Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Killdeer
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Lookout Tower
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms