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Vir-Mar Beach

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Description

This small sandy beach offers an excellent vista at the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can see large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, wading birds, terns, osprey, and fall migrating sanderlings, and monarchs butterflies. Strong offshore storms often bring interesting pelagic species to this spot. In addition to good waterbird viewing, a small wood lot adjacent to the parking area hosts interesting fall migrants. On humid summer evenings, the site may be a cacophony of gray and green treefrogs’ loud choruses. On clear days, the Smith Island Lighthouse can be seen, as well as the shores of Maryland. A spotting scope is highly recommended to fully enjoy the wildlife at this site.

Directions

Location Coordinates: 37.928207, -76.304311

From US 360 E/Queen St in Tappahannock/Warsaw, continue east. Turn right onto SR 600/Ridge Rd and continue for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto Coan Stage Rd/SR 612 and continue for 3.1 miles. Turn right onto US 360 E and then, in 10 miles, left (northeast) onto SR 644/Hacks Neck Rd. In 3.7 miles, turn left (north) onto SR 643 and follow this road to its end at the beach.

From the Previous Site on the Northern Neck Loop of the VBWT:

From the Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve, return to the intersection of US 360 and SR 201, turn right onto US 360 East, and continue 7.4 miles to Rt. 644/Hacks Neck Road. Follow Rt. 644 for 3.6 miles and turn left onto Rt. 643/Vir Mar Beach Road. Continue along the road 0.7 miles to its end at Vir Mar Beach.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Northumberland County Administrator's office: 804-580-7666, ltadlock@co.northumberland.va.us
  • Website
  • Access: Open Daily

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking