This preserve consists of 1193 acres of freshwater tidal marsh and upland buffer along the Pamunkey River about 30 miles east of Richmond. Cumberland Marsh supports perhaps the greatest biological diversity on the Pamunkey River, including nesting bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons and egrets as well as the sensitive joint-vetch (Aeschynomene virginica), a member of the pea family listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, the marsh provides important migratory and wintering habitat for waterfowl.
Cumberland Marsh Natural Area Preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Facilities include a handicapped accessible boardwalk and observation platform with interpretive signs.
For visitation information, contact the Virginia Chapter of TNC at (434) 295-6106.
Zach Bradford, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage