Mutton Hunk Fen State Natural Area Preserve

Area: Middle Shore


Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean’s Gargathy Bay on the east and Whites Creek to the north, this preserve is a globally rare sea-level fen community (one of only four in the state of Virginia!) According to the Virginia Department of Conservation, a sea-level fen is an open, freshwater wetland located between uplands and oceanside marshes. Take the trail along White’s Creek or make your way through the cleared grasses and head to the marshes of Gargathy Bay.

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