Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve

Important Notices

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Description

This 316-acre preserve contains one of the most significant wetlands on the Chesapeake Bay for marsh-bird communities, and its pristine beach habitat is highly important for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis). At the park’s center, a large fallow field with scattered shrubs is a hotspot for foraging fall migrant songbirds and for raptors, including Merlin. The shrubs offer migrants a crucial re-fueling location as they pick the winged sumac and other bushes clean of fat-laden berries. Also look for a large diversity of fall migrating warblers seeking food and cover in the adjacent hedgerows.

Public access facilities include a trail and boardwalk, a wildlife viewing platform, and a small parking area. The viewing platform provides a lookout point over the preserve’s extensive salt marshes and the Chesapeake Bay. These marshes offer superb views of bald eagle, brown pelican, wintering waterfowl, and wading birds. A put-in site for kayaks and canoes is also available.

Please remember: Dameron Marsh is a Natural Area Preserve and, as such, contains sensitive natural communities. Respect this area by staying on designated paths, leaving pets in the car or at home, and not removing anything from the area.

Directions

Physical Address: 715 Guarding Point Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Location Coordinates: 37.779995, -76.308004

From Kilmarnock, go north on VA 200 towards Burgess. Turn right onto VA 606. Turn left at the Shiloh schoolhouse onto VA 605. Turn right onto VA 606, and then left onto VA 693. Follow VA 693 into the preserve.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Chesapeake Bay Region Steward: 804-225-2303, Zach.Bradford@dcr.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve (as reported to eBird)

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Canada Goose
  • Mourning Dove
  • Laughing Gull
  • Herring Gull

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch