Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park / Anderson Park / Peterson Yacht Basin

Important Notices

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Description

These three sites, Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park, Anderson Park, and Peterson’s Yacht Basin, are all located in close proximity to each other on Salter’s Creek. Peterson’s Yacht Basin separates the wetlands of Salter’s Creek from Hampton Roads Harbor. The Basin’s muddy banks provide a foraging site for a variety of migratory shorebirds and waders. Anderson Park consists of 20 acres bordering the Yacht Basin and 18 acres bordering Hampton Roads Harbor. Both Anderson Park and the adjacent Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park, a one-acre tract, provide views of the waters and mudflats of Hampton Roads. The Overlook Park provides a public fishing pier and several benches from which to scan for wintering loons and assorted other waterfowl.

Directions

When traveling on I-64, exit to I-664 South. Take Exit #4 to Chestnut Avenue.

Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park:

Physical Coordinates: 36.982766, -76.396160

From Chestnut Avenue, turn left onto 16th street. Continue for .4 miles and the parking area for Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park will be on your right.

Anderson Park:

Physical Coordinates: 36.984053, -76.399514

From Chestnut Avenue, turn left onto 20th street. Continue for approximately .2 miles and the entrance and parking area for the north section of Anderson Park will be on your right.

Peterson’s Yacht Basin:

Physical Coordinates: 36.983661, -76.397371

From Chestnut Avenue, turn left onto Hampton Avenue. Continue for approximately .4 miles and the entrance and parking area for Peterson Yacht Basin will be on your right.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Andy Lunsford - Park Operations Superintendent: 757-886-7912, lunsfordsa@nnva.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Monitor-Merrimac Overlook Park / Anderson Park / Peterson Yacht Basin (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Laughing Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Royal Tern
  • Brown Pelican
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms