Vir-Mar Beach

Important Notices

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This small sandy beach offers an excellent vista at the confluence of the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can see large concentrations of wintering waterfowl, wading birds, terns, osprey, and fall migrating sanderlings, and monarchs butterflies. Strong offshore storms often bring interesting pelagic species to this spot. In addition to good waterbird viewing, a small wood lot adjacent to the parking area hosts interesting fall migrants. On humid summer evenings, the site may be a cacophony of gray and green treefrogs’ loud choruses. On clear days, the Smith Island Lighthouse can be seen, as well as the shores of Maryland. A spotting scope is highly recommended to fully enjoy the wildlife at this site.


Location Coordinates: 37.928207, -76.304311

From US 360 E/Queen St in Tappahannock/Warsaw, continue east. Turn right onto SR 600/Ridge Rd and continue for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto Coan Stage Rd/SR 612 and continue for 3.1 miles. Turn right onto US 360 E and then, in 10 miles, left (northeast) onto SR 644/Hacks Neck Rd. In 3.7 miles, turn left (north) onto SR 643 and follow this road to its end at the beach.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

Birds Recently Seen at Vir-Mar Beach (as reported to eBird)

  • Surf Scoter
  • White-winged Scoter
  • Black Scoter
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Horned Grebe
  • Mourning Dove
  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking