This preserve is 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, a federally threatened member of the pea family. Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, the marsh is 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.
The Nature Conservancy
Rebecca Wilson, Chesapeake Bay Region Steward,
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Natural Heritage Richmond, VA
Department of Conservation and Recreation Natural Heritage Program
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219