A Place for Girls – Nellie Hayse Site

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.


Woodland trails, amidst the 8.5-acre natural area behind the Girl Scout program center, offer access to a diversity of ecological habitats including tidal Belles Mill Creek, marsh, a riparian bottomland, and an old pine stand. The woodland trails are worth birding during any season. In the summer, look for warblers, flycatchers and other woodland birds. Boardwalks over the creek’s brackish waters provide views of estuarine species such as killifish, fiddler and blue crabs. The elevated platform overlooking the creek is an excellent place to scan for large wading birds and provides eye-level views of the ospreys that nest nearby. The trail continues to meander past a canoe launch, picnic areas, and for the active naturalist, onto a fitness trail.


From Northwest River Park, go west on Indian Creek to Battlefield Boulevard. Turn right (north) onto Battlefield Boulevard and continue for several miles to Cedar Road in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake. Turn left onto Cedar Road and go several miles to the marquee on the right in front of a red brick building.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (757) 547-4405 x255 cathyh@qscc.com
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily - Dawn to Dusk

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Lookout Tower
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms