Plan Your Visit

Rappahannock River Valley NWR Sign

Know Before You Go

  • When enjoying the outdoors, please remember to be mindful of the elements. It is a good idea to wear bug repellant and sunscreen while fishing or walking along one of the many refuge nature trails. Sources of potable water are not readily available. In order to stay properly hydrated it would be beneficial to bring drinking water along on your visit.
  • Disturbing or collecting plants, animals, or artifacts is prohibited. Swimming, camping, and fires are also prohibited on the refuge. Please take out any trash you bring in.
  • There is no fee required to visit the refuge.
  • Restroom facilities are located near the pond at Wilna; near the pond at Laurel Grove; near the pavilion and the pier at Hutchinson.
  • Please be reminded that pets are prohibited on all refuge units

Points of Interest

Wilna, Hutchinson, Laurel Grove, and Port Royal Units: Each site offers accessible fishing and nature trails as well as excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. Wilna and Laurel Grove offer launch sites onto the pond for canoes, kayaks, and small boats (no trailer access and gasoline engines are prohibited). Hutchinson offers a canoe/kayak launch and water trail on Mount Landing Creek. Units are open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Explore the Wilna Unit virtually to help plan your visit!

Wilna Unit/Administrative Office
336 Wilna Road
Warsaw, Virginia 22572
804-333-1470 Ext. 111
Directions: Turn north on Newland Road (Route 624) from US-360. Proceed for 4.2 miles and turn left onto Strangeway Road (Route 636), proceed for 0.25 miles. Turn right onto Sandy Lane (Route 640) and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn left into the refuge.

Wilna Trail Map (287kb PDF)

Hutchinson Unit
19180 Tidewater Trail
Tappahannock, Virginia 22560
Directions: Refuge unit is located 1.5 miles north of Tappahannock on US-17 (south-bound).

Hutchinson Trail Map (376kb PDF)

Laurel Grove Unit
736 Laurel Grove Road
Farnham, Virginia 22460
Directions: Turn south onto Farnham Creek Road (Route 608) from VA-3 and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Hales Point Road (Route 647) and continue for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Laurel Grove Road (Route 610). Parking for the pond and nature trail will be on your right.

Port Royal Unit
Caroline Street
Port Royal, Virginia 22535
Directions: Take US-360 West (toward Tappahannock). Turn right onto US-17 North and proceed to US-301 (about 25 miles). Turn right onto US-301 North. Proceed to Caroline Street (about 0.7 miles). Turn right onto Caroline Street. Road ends at refuge.

Port Royal Trail Map (86kb PDF)