Hoffler Creek Wildife Preserve
Portsmouth, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: The Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, a 142-acre sanctuary for urban wildlife, contains four distinct habitats: a tidal creek and its expansive salt marsh, a riparian forest of pines and hardwoods, a meadow of native wildflowers and grasses, and a non-tidal brackish lake. The preserve provides food and cover for an unusually diverse population of wildlife, including deer, foxes, river otters, crabs, oysters, and over 200 species of birds. Interpretive trails winding through each of the habitats introduce visitors to the ecological, economic, and social value of the plants and animals living at the mouth of the historic James River and Chesapeake Bay.
Location / Directions: Located in West Churchland, south of Craney Island in Portsmouth, Virginia. Call for directions or visit website.
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Address: Hoffler Creek Wildife Preserve
4510 Twin Pines Road
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: (757) 686-8684
E-mail: hofflercreek@hofflercreek.org
Activities: Wildlife viewing; bird watching; wildflower and oyster restoration projects; water quality monitoring; educational and recreational activities; guided tours; school field trips.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
Fees: Free. Donations appreciated.
Visitor Facilities: Education Pavilion, four easy trails, wetlands observation deck, oyster restoration project pier, bird blind,. No visitor center or boating access.
Size: 142 acres
Accessibility: Unpaved trails are difficult for wheelchairs. Golf cart tours available for physically impaired.
Website: http://www.hofflercreek.org

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