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The Hickory Hollow Nature Trail offers 3.5 miles of footpaths that meander through 250 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest, ravines and Cabin Swamp that form an important habitat for migratory songbirds, wild turkey and a rare plants. This site, protected from development by the Northern Neck Audubon Chapter, is home to many interesting breeding birds including Acadian flycatcher, hooded, and black-and-white warblers. The park is also home to over 500 plant species, including beautiful wildflowers. Careful lookers can be treated to rare orchids and emerging mushrooms after a heavy, late summer rain. There are abundant springs and seeps in the ravine areas that harbor a variety of species, including the rare Tidewater amphipod, a small crustacean. Colored markers mark the nature trails and a variety of accompanying resources including a trail map, plant list, and tree guide can be accessed on the Northern Neck Audobon Chapter’s website.
Please remember: Hickory Hollow 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.
Location Coordinates: 37.77182, -76.44534
From Kilmarnock, follow VA 3 towards Lancaster. Just before you reach Lancaster, turn right onto VA 604. The preserve is on your left.
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- Site Contact: DCR, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward: 804-225-2303, Zach.Bradford@dcr.virginia.gov
- Access: Free, Daily
Birds Recently Seen at Hickory Hollow Nature Trail (as reported to eBird)
- Red-shouldered Hawk
- Downy Woodpecker
- Acadian Flycatcher
- Yellow-throated Vireo
- American Crow
- Carolina Chickadee
- Tufted Titmouse
- Carolina Wren
- Hooded Warbler
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Environmental Study Area
- Hiking Trails
- Interpretive Trail