Plan Your Visit

Bald eagle - Steve Maslowski.

Visitor access is to occur only during refuge sponsored events and by pre-arranged permit.

James River National Wildlife Refuge is open to wildlife-dependent activities (See Visitor Activities page). People wishing to visit the trails are to request a permit by contacting the refuge office at least three business days prior to the proposed date of visit.

Dress appropriately for the weather and bring sufficient water.

The property has only limited structures and maintained trails. An information kiosk welcomes visitors at 4550 Flowerdew Hundred Road and serves as the trail head. From there, visitors with pre-approved authorization can access the half mile trail along Powell’s Creek. The trail extends across an earthen dike to a small forested island surrounded by freshwater marsh.

Directions & Contact Info

Administrative Office/Eastern Virginia Rivers NWRC Sub-Office 

11116 Kimages Road
Charles City, VA 23030

Directions to the Administrative Office: Turn North onto Kimages Road (Route 658) from John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5). Proceed approximately 1 mile and turn right into the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery Campus. The refuge office is located in the fourth brick building.

James River National Wildlife Refuge 

Public access is only available for pre-registered visitors and participants of refuge sponsored events.
4550 Flowerdew Hundred Road
Hopewell, VA 23860

Directions to Refuge: Turn North onto Flowerdew Hundred Road (Route 639) from James River Drive (Route 10). Proceed approximately one mile and turn left (at Information Kiosk Sign).