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

An ADA-accessible boardwalk and observation deck provides a view of Mobjack Bay and the historic New Point Comfort lighthouse.

COVID-19 Update (March 27, 2020)

TNC's public preserve in Virginia remain open. We ask all visitors to follow current health and safety precautions as directed by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others (social distancing).

Parking may be limited at many of our preserves. If parking areas are full please plan to return to the preserve another day.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to protect our visitors' health and well being.

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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.

Why TNC Selected This Site

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

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.

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.

View of New Point Comfort Lighthouse
New Point Comfort
This preserve in Eastern Virginia is a key stopover point on the Atlantic Flyway for neo-tropical songbirds and other migratory birds.

New Point Comfort An ADA-accessible boardwalk and observation deck extends over salt marsh, providing a view of Mobjack Bay and the historic New Point Comfort lighthouse.