Cypress Bridge Swamp Natural Area Preserve


Home to some of the biggest trees in Virginia, Cypress Bridge Swamp Natural Area Preserve offers a glimpse back to a time before the widespread clearing of America's forests. The core of the preserve is home to trees estimated to be more than 1000 years old and an assortment of sylvan giants, including the largest Carolina ash in the nation, the largest swamp cottonwood in the state and former-champion overcup oak and water tupelos. A 123-foot tall bald cypress here briefly wore the crown for Virginia's largest tree. Unfortunately, though it still towers over the swamp, this ancient specimen died shortly before the preserve was established. Much less conspicuous but no less significant, the state-rare shade mudflower is also found here. In all, the preserve encompasses nearly 380 acres - mostly bottomland hardwood forest - and borders the Nottoway River for more than three miles.


There are no plans for public access facilities at this time. Access by arrangement with Steward.

Contact Cypress Bridge Swamp Natural Area Preserve

Darren Loomis, SE Regional Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (757) 925-2318


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Southampton County, Virginia

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