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Vandell Preserve at Cumberland Marsh is a mixture of freshwater tidal marsh and wooded upland. This preserve provides pristine habitat for wetlands species, migrating waterfowl, and has the world's largest population of the rare sensitive joint-vetch. An observation deck on the marsh offers views of a wide variety of bird species, including bald eagles.
Southern bank of the Pamunkey River in New Kent County
Open from dawn to dusk
Handicapped-accessible boardwalk and observation deck on the marsh remain open. There are no restrooms.
Purchased in 1993, Cumberland Marsh is an important site in the Chesapeake Rivers landscape program area. The preserve protects a pristine marsh habitat on the Pamunkey River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Conservancy monitors the endangered sensitive joint-vetch plant. Part of the preserve consists of working farm, and the Conservancy is working with a local farmer to use best-management practices on the land. The adjacent Cumberland Hospital for Children also uses the preserve for outdoor rehabilitation programs.
World's largest population of the rare plant sensitive joint vetch occurs here.
Bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, and egrets; wintering populations of black ducks, wood ducks, mallards, and Canada geese.
Download a trail map of Cumberland Marsh (pdf).
For information, contact the Virginia State Office: (434) 295-6106.