Monday, November 28, 2022

Here’s a morning hike at West Neck Creek Nature Area. Any takers?

VIRGINIA BEACH — What could be better on an early Saturday morning in the first days of fall than a guided discovery walk through the beautiful woods of West Neck Creek Nature Area?

Probably not much.

“I am very excited about our Discover Virginia Beach series that focuses on exploring our amazing natural and historical areas in our city with a new adventure every month,” said Terri Gorman, the event coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now.

The West Neck Creek Nature Area is a mostly wooded, 217-acre site near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, bounded on the west by West Neck Road and on the north by Princess Anne Road.

While the nature area has about 2.5 miles of trails, the guided discovery walk will be just a little shorter.

“The 2-mile hike will be guided by staff member and arbor enthusiast Brent James, who will identify trees along the trail,” Gorman said. “Following the nature hike, there will be a guided tour of the Whitehurst-Buffington House.”

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Virginia Beach)

The Whitehurst-Buffington House is designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in the city.

Those interested in taking part in the free event can register via email at or by calling Gorman at 757-962-5398. The hike is on Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Lynnhaven River Now’s Discover Virginia Beach series is free and open to the public.

In addition to hiking, the West Neck Creek Nature Area is known for observing nature, bird watching, fishing, and even horseback riding.

On Oct. 27 the series moves to False Cape State Park, where participants will explore the park on bicycles.

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