- From the eastern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp flows the Northwest River to Currituck South in North Carolina. The preserve is about halfway down the river. Wetlands dominate the preserve. There are marshes with abundant herbaceous vegetation and swamps gracing a continuous canopy of trees. Some of the rare and endangered plants are cypress-knee sedge, sawgrass, pool coreopsis and blood panic grass. Canebrake rattlesnake, least bittern and the Dismal Swamp southeastern shrew make this preserve home. Canoeing, bird-watching, environmental education and photography are enjoyed at this preserve.
Recreation - First Landing State Park is within a few minutes drive. It is a pristine and beautifully preserved park. It is named for the 1607 landing of the Virginia Company which led to the birth of this nation. Today the park looks much like it did then with beautiful beaches on the Chesapeake and large natural area with trails through a cypress swamp dripping in Spanish moss. Cabins, camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and boating can be enjoyed practically year-round. In addition, the busy and bustling Virginia Beach ocean front is moments away.
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.
This preserve has two parcels of land. They are located in the southern portion of Chesapeake, Virginia. The eastern area is located downstream from Battlefield Boulevard along the Virginia and North Carolina state line. The western area is west of Battlefield Boulevard. (Battlefield Boulevard is also Rt. 168.) Boat launching facilities are located on Indian Creek Road in Northwest River Park. Take Indian Creek Road east off Battlefield Boulevard for about 2 miles. Boat launch is on the right.