The Voorhees Nature Preserve is home to bald eagles and lots of other birds. You can get some great views of the Rappahannock River, too.
The 729-acre area is open daily, dawn to dusk. It contains four miles of wooded trails for self-guided walks. If you're wondering about the difficulty level, it's moderate.
This land was donated to the Virginia Nature Conservancy in 1994 by Mr. and Mrs. Alan M. Voorhees. It's adjacent to the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Lots of different plant life also exists in this place. In the uplands, there is even a mature hardwood forest!
To get a trail map (shown below) and brochure, visit the store at the Westmoreland Berry Farm, which can be found right next door.
Reopened April 29th 2013 after extensive renovations due to the wrath of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
To protect the bald eagles during their nesting season, their nesting area is off limits during this time, which is mid-November to mid-July. This area provides both excellent roosting and nesting sites for the bald eagle. Neotropical and migratory songbirds also use the area.
The preserve is open spring through fall during the Westmoreland Berry Farm's regular operating hours.
Please note: dogs are not allowed at any Nature Conservancy preserve.
Directions: From Fredericksburg (exit 130 from I-95): Take Route 3 east into King George County. Just after the Westmoreland County line, look for the sign for the Westmoreland Berry Farm. Turn right onto Route 634, following signs for the berry farm and park in their parking lot.
You will see a wooden sign marking the entrance to the trail.