Each spring visitors are welcomed to some of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, ... more
Its versatile 22,700 square feet of meeting and banquet space can handle busines... more
Grab your binoculars and make a plan to head out to the Great Dismal Swamp Birdi... more
More than 22 miles of fresh, salt and brackish waterways meander through the cit... more
Chesapeake is a foodie's paradise with an array of culinary options from local-o... more
Chesapeake, Virginia hosts sporting facilities including seven outdoor recreatio... more
Chesapeake is proud to be a participant in the Virginia Green Certification, a s... more
Since the arrival of colonial settlers in 1620, the history of Chesapeake has pl... more
Chesapeake is a nationally recognized watcher's oasis providing sanctuary to birds and bird watchers since the 17th century.
The wooded swamplands and canebrakes of Chesapeake's Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge create lovely living conditions for the 213 species of birds that nest in or near the refuge. In fact, more than 200 species have been identified on the refuge since its establishment.
On the 8.5 mile Dismal Swamp Canal Trail birders can spot more than 200 types of birds that visit the refuge each year. Almost half of these species call the 111,200 acres of forest wetland home year round.
Serious bird watchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson's Warbler and the Wayne's warbler (a race of the Black-throated Green Warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all North American birds. Bird watchers can also catch a "peep" of the white-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle. Other birds of interest that can be seen in the Refuge include the wood duck, barred owl, Pileated Woodpecker and Prothonotary Warbler. To schedule a guided birding trip for individuals or groups, visit the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge or call (757) 986-3705.
Explore birds in Bells Mill Park, the 2.5 mile footpath through natural area with elevated scenic overlook of Southern Branch of Elizabeth River. Don't forget to check out the South Chesapeake Loop, part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, which meanders through the Oak Grove Lake Park, Northwest River Park, the Chesapeake Arboretum, and other unique sites. You may discover the nuthatches, nesting Prothonotary Warblers, and even see the great blue heron having dinner!
So grab your field specs and come catch a bird's eye view of what Chesapeake has to offer.
Bells Mill Park will be completely CLOSED to all activities starting November 4, 2016 until further notice due to the construction of an expansion to the Chesapeake City Jail. The first phase of the project will include a new park entry with direct a...more
Named one of Virginia's Treasures by the Department of Conservation & Recreation, the Chesapeake Arboretum is a 48-acre natural classroom dedicated to promoting horticultural and environmental awareness. The Arboretum headquarters is an eighteent...more
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel offers travelers and birding enthusiasts the opportunity to observe birds and waterfowl from its four man-made islands. The Bridge-Tunnel's habitat of concrete, steel, asphalt and rocks located in open water, makes an...more
Formerly US Route 17, this multi-purpose linear trail accommodates horse owners, bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and boat owners. It runs 8.5 miles adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal and threads through some of the most uniquely historical and ecologic...more
Elizabeth River Park has undergone a major reconstruction. New and improved amenities include:*Ship's Store Combo Building with Restrooms and Covered Pavilion*Paved Parking Lots throughout*Multiple Shelters and Gazebos throughout the Park*Improved Do...more
The park — located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Boulevard, where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, coming up from North Carolina, meets the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River — is named for the Corp of Engine...more
Established in 1974, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge consists of over 112,684 acres of forested wetlands in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The 3,100 acre Lake Drummond lies at the center of the swamp, with the ...more
Norfolk Botanical Garden is a premier horticulture attraction located in the heart of Hampton Roads. The Garden represents an oasis of more than 30 themed gardens encompassing 155 acres that can be explored by tram, boat, or foot.
Located on the banks of the Northwest River in Southeastern Chesapeake, this 763-acre park is the perfect blend of natural beauty and recreational activities. Incorporating camping; an extensive trail system; picnic shelters; play areas such as horse...more
With its half lake and half scenic open space, this 65 acres of hardwood forest and wetlands features a 1.5 mile circular multi-use fitness trail for walking, jogging and biking. Small parks shelters, picnic tables and benches are scattered along the...more