Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Port Royal Unit

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The Port Royal Unit of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge protects critical floodplain habitat on the river’s edge. This 125-acre site is managed as grassland and shrubland habitat for species such as vesper and grasshopper sparrows. A mowed trail provides access to the Rappahannock River, host to year-round concentrations of bald eagles and wintering waterfowl.

The newly established Port Royal Water Trail has a stop on this unit of the Refuge.


Turn right out of the Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area parking area onto Rt. 615/Buckner Road, go 0.8 miles and turn left on US 17 South. Travel 6.5 miles and turn left on US 301 North, drive 0.7 miles, turn right on Rt. 1008/Caroline Street and continue to the entrance.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: 804-313-7574, william_crouch@fws.gov
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  • Access: Free, Reservations

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