Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve, New Kent

#79 of 84 in Wildlife in Virginia
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve is a Natural Area Preserve located in New Kent County, Virginia near the Cumberland Hospital Children-Adolescents. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, it preserves 1,193 acres (4.83 km2) of freshwater tidal marsh along the Pamunkey River, providing habitat for bald eagles, osprey, blue herons, and egrets, as well as for the sensitive joint-vetch. It is an important habitat for wintering waterfowl as well.
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  • Mild challenge and well marked trail. Forest and marsh with wetlands. Don’t miss out on this area if you a nature lover.  more »
  • It's not really a park, but as the name says a "natural area preserve." It was great that the Nature Conservancy bought and preserved this site in 1993. The parking lot can probably accommodate 7-8....  more »
  • Paved road until you get to the preserve, then it's a gravel road to the parking lot. Motorcycles, be careful. There's a grass strip beside the gravel you might be able to navigate. No dogs allowed. There's no trash cans, restrooms, or water fountain. No cell reception with T-Mobile. Lots of frogs, butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and birds. The boardwalk is nicely lined with trees and plants and vines. Smelled amazing today. Might be tough pushing a wheel chair to the boardwalk, but should be okay once you get there. The pier has some rotting wood but there's still spots to safely stand and there's a small bench to sit. So far, this was the only place to view the water. Beautiful view. Nice breeze. Relaxing. The trails are poorly delineated until you get into the woods. Nice entrance surrounded by daffodils. I wasn't sure if I was on the farmland at first. But just follow the treeline until you see the arrows telling you to go in. The trail inside is narrow and poorly kept up. Overgrown and fallen trees. No places to sit and rest along the way. I haven't walked the entire trail and will update once I do. The horse flies were horrible. Be prepared for these guys. Take plenty of water, it gets hot in there, even with moderate shade.
  • The trail needs maintenance. Or at least mode. So that you can get into the woods. Still I love coming here.

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