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Description - Hughlett Point is relatively low lying ground averaging 10 feet above sea level. Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) shrub dominate the preserve as does the cattail and eastern rose mallow. One of the preserves rarest species is the northeastern beach tiger beetle. This little insect is only 2/3 inch long and has a cream colored back with long dark legs. A life-cycle is 2 continuous years of beach habitat. Bird-watching, hiking and nature photography are available at this preserve which includes boardwalks and two observation platforms.

Recreation - Belle Island State Park is within a short drive. It offers overnight facilities in their restored homes and camping is on a long range plan. Interpretive programs, trails, picnicking and fishing are just a few of the recreation opportunities available at this park.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The tidewater and eastern shore have winter temperatures averaging 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The tidewater and eastern shore generally experience temperatures ranging from 76 to above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - From Kilmarnock, Virginia travel north on Rt. 200 about 4 miles to Rt. 606. Head east on Rt. 606 and travel about 2 miles to Rt. 605. Turn right onto Rt. 605 and go approximately 2 more miles to the preserve's parking area.

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

Additional Information:
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.

Belle IsleState Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website


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