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Grandview Nature Preserve

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rileigh15 wrote a review May 2020
US219 contributions87 helpful votes
Parking was a bear and so is the walk with young children in all honesty. However, getting past that you quickly realize it's worth the effort, lack of facilities, and biting flies. Once you cross the hill to the Beach, we immediately noticed the difference between this beach and all others in the region. The protected dunes, organic matter washed ashore, the low depth and small waves and tidal nature of the inlet.... It was a dream to spend a fine May Day on the shore here. We saw dolphins, beautiful shells, and a weird looking dead fish that my two sons really enjoyed discovering. All in all, I highly recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Christiana G wrote a review Apr 2020
19 contributions6 helpful votes
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Lovely beach that I visit often in the 30 years I’ve lived in HR. It has changed so much. In the 90s, gay men would meet up and get together behind the dunes in the pine forest. There were many trails behind the dunes where you could go to get out of the sun. Now most of the forest have died with a few skeletons of trees left that people decorated with shells. In the late 2000s man made dunes were established at the end of the beach and now they have washed away. There are several places where the bay has over washed the dunes into the marsh. I suspect this beach will disappear in the next decade or will only be accessible at low tide. It will be greatly missed by me. It’s a lovely walking beach except for August when the biting flies are unbearable. Not a beach for serious swimmers or sunbathing.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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M W C wrote a review Sep 2019
Newport News, Virginia296 contributions115 helpful votes
You access this beach through Fox Hill, street parking on a residential street. There is a 1/2 mile walk to get to beach. The city of Hampton did a lot of work on the walkway to the beach this summer. Filled in some of the large potholes that would hold water from rains, some we as wide as the trail so you had to walk through to get to the beach. There are quite a few interesting sign boards talking about the history of Fox Hill as you head toward the beach. Would suggest wearing some sandals or other beach shoes on the walk. The beach never crowded, parts are narrow at high tide. You don't get heavy surf here great for small kids but just remember they have to walk or be carried the 1/2 mile on an off the beach. There are no services be it bathrooms or food/bev. We find it very relaxing. One warning, there were beach cottages and piers here yrs ago so when you are wading, especially at a lower tide you have to be very careful with old pilings under water can cut feet or large splinters.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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HungryCurmudgeon wrote a review Jul 2019
Poquoson, Virginia113 contributions41 helpful votes
Suppose to be a nature preserve but people visit with so much trash with buckroe just down the road, leave trash everywhere and let their dogs run destroying nesting bird nest. When not people are not aboutso wonderful so much nature, one of the best birding places.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Cahmbriel A wrote a review Jun 2019
Yorktown, Virginia8 contributions4 helpful votes
I DO NOT recommend this as a place to swim or launch personal watercraft. The situation of the beach, the shifty currents, and the ruins of old jetties and such make it very dangerous for that sort of thing. However, I have found some pretty amazing shells here, including a GIANT whelk. There are ghost crabs everywhere, and a lot of fascinating sights, including the ruins of an old lighthouse. The walk out to the beach is fairly long, but enjoyable. Overall, it is a very pretty place! I have been advised recently, though, that a family was chased by an old man on an ATV with a shotgun, so that is a little disconcerting. I have not personally experienced anything like this, but I am not sure I want to go back if that might happen.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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