Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve: Stafford, VA

Stafford, VA

Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve

Crow’s Nest is a must on your paddling adventure roster. 

Crow’s Nest is located on 895 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands. It has a fantastic ADA-compliant kayak launch making it easy to get in and out of your kayak no matter the water levels.  

There is plenty of parking; however, make sure to bring a kayak cart or be ready to carry your kayak a short distance to the launch.   

If you have ever stopped in the shop asking for a list of places to paddle, Crow’s Nest is usually at the top of the list. We love the sites and sounds of Crow’s nest. It is a habitat for all types of wildlife,  including:

Nesting bald eagles

Federally listed short-nose sturgeon

Twenty-two plant species that are significant for the Coastal Plain of Virginia

Spawning, nursery and/or feeding habitat for 49 species of interjurisdictional fish and seven species of mussels and commercially valuable shellfish;

It is a true get-away-from-it-all kind of place that is a must for all paddlers!

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Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve

81 Raven Road

Stafford, VA 22554