Dragon Flats Preserve, though restricted to visitors, can still be seen and enjoyed by paddling down Dragon Run.
Widely considered Virginia's most pristine blackwater stream, Dragon Run meanders for nearly 40 miles through remote portions of four eastern Virginia counties. Near Saluda, the Dragon widens to form the Piankatank River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and site of a large-scale oyster sanctuary.
Friends of Dragon Run, our local partner, offers guided paddle trips, as well as a nature trail accessible at the Route 603 bridge near Mascot. Dragon Run State Forest also offers recreational opportunities.