Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve


This preserve contains sandy beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats. Wind and water move sand creating an ever changing habitat on the narrow beach. Rare marsh and colonial nesting birds as well as the globally rare northeastern beach tiger beetle and a globally rare beach plant are protected on the property.


The preserve is open year-round. Dogs must be leashed while on the preserve.

A preserve guide factsheet (PDF) and map are available to assist in planning your visit. 

Click here for a list of birds seen on the preserve


  • Rick Myers, Stewardship Manager, 804-371-6204

Contact Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

Contact Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve

Rebecca Wilson
Regional Supervisor
Cell Phone: 804-720-4295


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Mathews County, Virginia