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Strategically located on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay, the preserve is a key stopover point on the Atlantic Flyway for neo-tropical songbirds and other migratory birds. New Point Comfort has three major natural habitats: tidal salt marsh, maritime forest, and sandy beach.
Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, at the southern tip of Mathews County.
Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
A handicapped-accessible boardwalk and observation deck extends over salt marsh, providing a view of Mobjack Bay and the historic New Point Comfort lighthouse.
The roadside running between forest and marsh offers additional opportunities for birding, which is best during spring and fall migrations.
There are no restrooms.
New Point Comfort was acquired by The Conservancy as part of its effort to protect Chesapeake beach habitat.
The Conservancy has enlisted the support of local residents to help monitor the preserve and take care of it. It is working with the state to protect other beach and marsh habitats along the Chesapeake Bay.
Migratory birds such as herons, osprey, hawks, willets, terns, brown pelicans and skimmers are frequently sighted. New Point Comfort also provides habitat for some 200 species of birds and the northeastern beach tiger beetle, which is federally listed as a threatened species.
Maritime forest, marsh grasses
For information, contact the Virginia State Office: (434) 295-6106.
Please see Preserve Visitation Guidelines