New Point Comfort Light is the third-oldest surviving light in the Chesapeake Bay and the tenth-oldest in the United States.
New Point Comfort New Point Comfort Light is the third-oldest surviving light in the Chesapeake Bay and the tenth-oldest in the United States. © Dana Blackmer Photography

Places We Protect

New Point Comfort Preserve

Virginia

New Point Comfort offers a great spot for birdwatching.

Overview

Strategically located on a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake Bay, New Point Comfort is a key stopover point on the Atlantic Flyway for neo-tropical songbirds and other migratory birds. Here you'll find three major natural habitats: tidal salt marsh, maritime forest, and sandy beach.

Conditions

An ADA-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.

View Preserve Guidelines

What to See: Animals

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.

For more information, contact the Virginia State Office: (434) 295-6106.

Why TNC Selected This Site

New Point Comfort was acquired by TNC as part of our efforts to protect Chesapeake Bay habitats.

New Point Comfort
146-acre preserve on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, at the southern tip of Mathews County.