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 www.odu.edu/~lmusselm/blackwater/