This is Virginia's largest natural area preserve. It is almost entirely comprised of wetland communities, five of which are rare in Virginia. Especially notable is the pocosin community, a habitat type that is fast disappearing from the southeastern United States. Pocosins are characterized by tangled masses of dense shrubs and vines with a scattered pond pine overstory. This unique wetland community and the forested swamps and freshwater tidal marshes of the lower North Landing River support at least 11 rare species of plants and animals. The area also provides important habitat for breeding and wintering waterfowl.
VISITATION: Notice: The Preserve is now closed due to increased illegal activity and DCR's lack of funding to support an Operations Steward to oversee this area.
[The preserve is open year-round;] facilities include parking, a boardwalk trail to the Alton's Creek canoe launch, a canoe trail with interpretive guide and map, wildlife viewing platform, and interpretive signs. The North Landing River, a designated state scenic river, provides excellent canoeing opportunities and breath-taking scenery.