Cavalier WMA

The Cavalier Wildlife Management Area is located in the far southeastern corner of Virginia, in the City of Chesapeake. The management area is comprised of two parcels, the 750-acre Dismal Swamp tract adjoining the Dismal Swamp Canal and the 3,800-acre Cavalier tract that abuts the North Carolina state line near Route 17.


Notice: Due to potential wildlife management concerns, horseback riding is not permitted on this WMA.

Cavalier WMA provides coastal and forested habitats for a wide range of wildlife, including black bear, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, canebrake rattlesnakes, white-tailed deer, and eastern wild turkeys.

Currently, much of the management area is cutover forestland, with several hundred acres in 15-year-old planted pine. The 3,800-acre main tract, located approximately 2.5 miles east of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), was once part of the Great Dismal Swamp but was ditched and drained more than 200 years ago.

Recreational Opportunities on this WMA

  • Hunting
  • Some or all hunting is controlled by quota hunts. See the Quota Hunts section of this website for details.
  • Trapping
  • Primitive Camping
  • Warmwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding NOT permitted
  • Birding


Cavalier WMA features deer, bear, turkey, and small game hunting. Hunting from 1 October until 1 December is conducted through the Department's quota hunt system. Beginning December 1, Cavalier WMA is available to all hunters pursuing game during open seasons. Centerfire rifles are not allowed. Hunting deer or bear with dogs is not allowed on the area.

Cavalier WMA and the Dismal Swamp tract are not open for the early urban archery season. This season was initiated for suburban localities as a deer management tool and is not intended for Wildlife Management Areas.

Cavalier WMA is not open for September goose and teal hunting. Federal migratory game bird laws prohibit hunting waterfowl over grains that have been manipulated in any manner other than a normal agricultural practice. In order to provide dove hunting opportunities, some crops grown for wildlife are mown, which is in conflict with waterfowl laws.


Physical Address for Driving Directions:

  • 3853 Ballahack Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 (map)

From Deep Creek. Route 17 south to Ballahack Road. Left on Ballahack for 1.5 miles. Entrance to Cavalier WMA on right.

Contact Cavalier WMA

3853 Ballahack Rd
Chesapeake, Virginia  23322


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Chesapeake City County, Virginia