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Blackwater Ecological Preserve
© Gary P. Fleming

Blackwater Ecological Preserve


On the dry to mesic sand ridges of the Blackwater Ecological Preserve are two of Virginia's rarest plant communities - longleaf pine-turkey oak flatwoods and longleaf pine savannas. These and other communities at the preserve were once more common in southeastern Virginia, but are now limited to a few precious stands. This preserve supports the northernmost natural occurrence of longleaf pine and more than a dozen rare or noteworthy elements of Virginia's natural heritage.

This preserve is owned by Old Dominion University (ODU). Please contact the ODU Department of Biology for information on visitation at (757) 683-3595. Or visit their website for more information

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Isle of Wight
Old Dominion University (ODU)
318 acres
By Arrangement with ODU
Darren Loomis, SE Regional Steward Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Natural Heritage Suffolk, VA (757) 925-2318