Virginia

Voorhees Nature Preserve

This preserve protects 729 acres of forest and freshwater tidal marsh along the Rappahannock River.


Accessible from the popular Westmoreland Berry Farm, Voorhees Nature Preserve offers trails with scenic views of the Rappahannock River, including two overlook spots. Birding at Voorhees is excellent, with frequent sightings of bald eagles.

Voorhees Preserve will reopen to visitors on Monday, April 25, 2016. The preserve is open spring through fall during the Westmoreland Berry Farm's regular operating hours.

Location

Northeast bank of Rappahannock River, about 45 minutes east of Fredericksburg.

Hours

Voorhees Preserve will reopen to visitors on Monday, April 25, 2016.  The preserve is open spring through fall during the Westmoreland Berry Farm's regular operating hours.

Before You Go
Size

729 acres

Conditions

There are four miles of wooded trails for self-guided walks. The difficulty level is moderate. A trail map and information are available at the adjacent Westmoreland Berry Farm store. The farm is a popular destination for families, offering fruits and vegetables, picnic sites, restrooms and other farm-themed attractions.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

The Voorhees Nature Preserve was donated to The Conservancy in 1994 by the late Alan M. and Nathalie Voorhees. Part of a network of conservation lands along the Rappahannock, the preserve provides excellent habitat for bald eagles.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing

Part of the Conservancy's Chesapeake Rivers Program, the Voorhees Nature Preserve is adjacent to the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which the Conservancy has worked to expand with help from diverse partners. 

Photos

Visit Voorhees

Enjoy a virtual ramble along the Rappahannock River.

Video

Video Journey

Explore Voorhees Preserve and experience its diverse wildlife.

What to See: Animals

Bald eagles, ospreys and migratory songbirds are abundant. Bring binoculars!

What to See: Plants

A mature hardwood forest covers the uplands. Flowering wetland plants enliven Owl Hollow marsh, especially during springtime.

Directions

From Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Fredericksburg:

  • Take Interstate 95 (1-95) South to Fredericksburg
  • Exit 1-95 onto Route 3 East
  • Continue on Route 3 and through the Intersection with Route 301
  • Refer to detailed instructions from Route 3 and Route 301 shown below

From Southern Maryland:

  • Follow Route 301 south into Virginia and continue on Route 301 south for about 12 miles
  • There is a stop light at the intersection at Route 3. Turn left at the light onto Route 3 East
  • Refer to detailed instructions from Route 3 and Route 301 shown below

From Richmond:

  • Take 1-95 North to Exit 104 and follow Route 207 east to Route 301 North
  • Continue on Route 301 North through the town of Port Royal to the intersection of Route 301 and Route 3
  • Turn right at the intersection onto Route 3
  • Refer to detailed instructions from Route 3 and Route 301 shown below

Detailed Instructions – Route 3 & 301:

  • Continue on Route 3 for approximately 7.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Claymont Road (Route 634)
  • Follow Claymont Road (Route 634) for approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right onto the Rappahannock Road (Route 637)
  • Follow Rappahannock Road (Route 637) for approximately 2.5 miles
  • Look for signs for the Westmoreland Berry Farm
  • Turn right onto Berry Farm Lane
  • Park in lot at the farm
Discussion

Have you been to this preserve? Are you thinking of visiting? See what others are saying about their experiences and add your comments below.

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Time for you to join the discussion. Tell us about your experience at this preserve. What plants and animals did you see? When did you go? You can help others plan their visit when you share your thoughts. And thank you for visiting one of our nature preserves!

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