Crow’s Nest was dedicated as Virginia’s 54th natural area preserve in 2008. The diverse plant
communities within the preserve provide important habitat for a variety of birds, including breeding
birds, neo-tropical migrants and over-wintering waterfowl. Bird diversity peaks during fall and spring migrations when waves of neo-tropical migrants pass through Virginia.
The Accokeek Overlook Trail and the canoe launch boardwalk provide birders with access to the
freshwater tidal marsh along Accokeek Creek, as well as the adjacent hardwood forest. In the future, an additional 8 miles of hiking trail will be available within the interior of the preserve.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has produced a checklist of birds that you may access through the link below. This checklist identifies more than 160 species
that have been seen within or from the shoreline of Crow’s Nest. The list will be updated as more
information becomes available. All additions, corrections and comments to the checklist should
be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours for Crow’s Nest vary by the season. March 15 – Oct. 31 • 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nov. 1 – March 14 • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.