Blackwater Ecological Preserve

Blackwater Ecologic (or Ecological) Preserve is a three hundred plus acre site forty miles from the Old Dominion University Campus in Isle of Wight County, Virginia  which includes some of the rarest habitat types in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The preserve is part of the Zuni Pine Barrens Natural Area which has recently expanded to more than 1000 acres. Regulations for state natural areas apply at the Blackwater Preserve.


From Norfolk, take US 460 west across the Dismal Swamp; after crossing the Nansemond River take the second exit right (north) this is still 460. Go north 8.9 miles to US 258 (there is a Dairy Queen at this corner); go 0.6 miles south to SR 603. Stay on winding 603 for 6.3 miles to the junction of SR 614. The preserve is 0.6 miles on the left; look for the steel posts. If you choose to go to the preserve from the village of Zuni, turn west on SR 644 for 0.1 miles (under the railway) to SR 614. Turn left (south); the preserve is 4.2 miles on the right (2.0 miles from the Zuni Presbyterian training center).

Contact Blackwater Ecological Preserve

Lytton John Musselman
Preserve Manager
24326 Thomas Woods Trail
Zuni, Virginia  23898
Phone: 757-683-3597
Cell Phone: 757-771-6156
Fax: 757-683-5283


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Isle of Wight County, Virginia

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