Located within the Magic Triangle, Webb Royce Swamp has historically been a great birding location with a variety of breeding ducks, great blue herons, and red-winged blackbirds. The swamp is much drier than it was in the past due to the loss of dam-building beavers, but it can still be a productive area spring through fall.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport follow Route 22. Continue for 0.5 miles to Lake Shore Road on the right. Follow Lake Shore Road for 4.9 miles to Clark Road on the left. Drive Clark Road for 0.8 miles to the trailhead on the right.
By the numbers
- Distance: 0.3 miles, round-trip
The surrounding forests and forest edges provide habitats for a variety of birds such as breeding Baltimore oriole and eastern kingbird, and the marshy area itself can be good for Virginia rail, red-winged blackbird, and if there is water, puddle ducks.
This 305 acre state preserve in a large, flat-bottomed valley offers a 700-foot access trail on a graveled path to a raised observation pad. A planned observation platform will be added to the pad to improve the view.