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Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve
© DCR-DNH, Rebecca Wilson

Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve


This preserve contains sandy beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats. Wind and water move sand creating an ever changing habitat on the narrow beach. Rare marsh and colonial nesting birds as well as the globally rare northeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis) and a globally rare beach plant are protected on the property.


The preserve is open year-round. Dogs must be leashed while on the preserve.

A preserve guide factsheet and map are available to assist in planning your visit. You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader to view and or print this factsheet.

Click here for a list of birds seen on the preserve

105 acres
Chesapeake Bay Regional Steward. (This position is currently vacant; please contact Regional Supervisor Rebecca Wilson at 804-720-4295 or Stewardship Manager Rick Myers at 804-371-6204 for additional Chesapeake Bay Region preserve information.)
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Richmond, VA