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Located near the mid-point of the Atlantic Flyway, Tidewater Virginia is one of the top birdwatching areas in the Mid Atlantic Region.

A variety of parks, wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas (WMAs), birding trails, beaches, and other birdwatching locations can be found within a short drive from most communities.

The Tidewater area is also known for its bird-related arts, exhibits, festivals, and other resources.


Birdwatching Areas:


Northern Neck

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve

Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve

Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve

Belle Island State Park

Caledon State Park

Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve

Land’s End Wildlife Management Area


Middle Peninsula

Beaverdam Park

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

Haven Beach

New Point Comfort Natural Area Preserve


Lower Peninsula

York River State Park

Greensprings Interpretive Trail

Jamestown – Colonial National Historical Park

New Quarter Park

Goodwin Islands, National Estuarine Research Reserve

Newport News Park

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Virginia Living Museum

Deer Park

Sandy Bottom Nature Park

Gosnold’s Hope Park

Grandview Nature Preserve

Anderson Park


Hampton Roads

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

False Cape State Park

York River State Park

George Washington/Jefferson National Forest

Princess Anne WMA

Cavalier/Dismal Swamp WMA

Ragged Island WMA


Eastern Shore

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge

Kiptopeke State Park

Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve

Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve

Parkers Marsh Natural Area Preserve (boat access only)

Mockhorn Wildlife Management Area (boat access only)

Wreck Island Natural Area Preserve (boat access only – seasonal closures)


Related Information

Birdwatching News and Events

Summer Birdwatching in Tidewater Virginia

Hampton Roads Birdwatching

Parks and Recreation Areas

Outdoors – Nature