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Description - The preserve houses five rare plant species, two of which have not been found elsewhere in Virginia. In addition, it also protects burgundy bluet, spine-crowned clubtail, dwarf waterdog and duckweed firetail. The preserve is a remnant of a natural fire-prone area due to lightening. Some of the larger species include southern red oak and loblolly pine. There is also a variety of amphibians which attract kingfishers and blue heron. The preserve allows hiking, nature photography and bird-watching. In addition, there is a scenic overlook along the trail's path.

Recreation - Chippokes State Park is a short drive away providing mountain biking trails, a lovely swimming pool, overnight facilities, historic gardens and a 1850's mansion open which is open for tours.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - From Richmond, Virginia take I-95 south through Petersburg to Rt. 35. Travel Rt. 35 south to Rt. 631. Turn right onto Rt. 631 and travel approximately 2.4 miles to the parking lot which is located on the right.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great hike! Entered the preserve at the second parking area instead of the advertised one. Walked to the end of that trail, then compass hiked to the river, followed the river back to the road, and back to the car. Saw numerous huge cypress trees along the beautiful Nottoway river. Also spotted the rare (to me) patch of running cedar. Nice platform overlook of the river. We went during the winter after a snowfall, which made the woods extra serene. Easy terrain for a nice stroll. Also the remenants of sand mines make for an interesting investigation.

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Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.

Chippokes State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website


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