North Landing River Preserve

North Landing is one of the largest undisturbed freshwater marshes along the eastern seaboard

Influenced primarily by wind tides as opposed to lunar tides, North Landing Preserve's unusual wetlands system provides a habitat for southern species of plants that are rare in Virginia, including sawgrass, an integral part of the Florida Everglades.  About half of the rare plants are at or near their northern limit. It has the highest concentration of rare species east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Conservancy recently made the difficult decision to close access to the preserve via the Milldam Creek Boardwalk.  After many years, and with seemingly constant vandalism, the boardwalk was determined to no longer be safe for public use.

We are in discussions with the City of Virginia Beach about public access along the North Landing River, but for now, the boardwalk will remain closed indefinitely.


West bank of the North Landing River in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. The preserve is currently accessible only by boat.


7,533 acres

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing

The Conservancy and the commonwealth of Virginia together have protected more than 10,000 acres along the North Landing. Conservancy staff are working with the state and other partners to control invasive species, especially Phragmites. Protecting corridors along the North Landing and Northwest rivers remains a top priority for the Conservancy. 


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