Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area
  • 1300 Back Bay Landing Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457
  • P: (757) 253-7702
  • District: Pungo
Three tracts comprise the Princess Anne WMA but only two of the tracts are accessible by car—the Trojan Marsh and the Whitehurst Tract. The third tract, Pocahontas Marsh, is a group of marshy islands. The Trojan Marsh Tract has a boat launch and channel to open water where the wildlife watcher with a boat can access the marshes of Back Bay. The Whitehurst Tract is a patchwork of marshes, weedy and cultivated fields, narrow freshwater impoundments, and pine woodland. Because of the mixed character of the habitat, this area includes lots of woodland edge; both birds and white-tailed deer are plentiful. During summer, listen for northern bobwhite and watch for American and fish crows, raptors, and passerines. In summer, great egrets hunt the pond edges, to be joined in winter by several species of puddle ducks.