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Chotank Creek Natural Area Preserve
© DCR-DNH, Gary P. Fleming

Chotank Creek Natural Area Preserve


Chotank Creek is a 1108 acre natural area preserve along the Potomac River in King George County. The preserve is part of the 1431 acre Cedar Grove farm which has been protected from development with a conservation easement. This property adjoins the 2,579 acre Caledon State Park and Natural Area which lies to the west.

The natural area preserve portion of the farm features upland and bottomland hardwood forests, marsh communities and important nesting, roosting, and foraging habitat for bald eagles. The property is situated mostly on broad, low-lying terrace deposits bordering the Potomac River. Chotank Creek is a large, meandering creek system which flows into the Potomac River. A small area in the southwestern portion of the preserve is situated on hilly uplands. The significant natural community types observed on the property include brackish scrub, seasonal ponds, swamp forests, as well as dry oak-hickory forest communities that are considered significant because of their size, quality, or unusual vegetation composition. Two active bald eagle nests are found on the property. This property on the Potomac River is a place of frequent eagle congregations.

This preserve is privately owned and is not open for public visitation.

King George
1108 acres
Mike Lott, Northern Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Natural Heritage
Stafford, VA 22555
(540) 658-8690.