As you drive into this site, watch for the entrance to the 0.5 mile long boardwalk on the left side of the street by the campus buildings, identified as the College of the Albemarle Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail. From this entrance, the boardwalk takes you through a wet area with uprooted trees and thick vegetation that provides suitable habitat for cardinals, flycatchers, vireos and other songbirds. A short distance later, you emerge onto a canal that leads to the wide expanse of the Pasquotank River. Along the canal, there are good viewing opportunities for both resident and migrating songbirds. Watch for Green Heron and other wading birds at the water's edge. As the trail reaches the Pasquotank River, search the cypress trees hanging with Spanish moss for additional species. Watch for a beaver dam where the canal meets the river. Benches and gazebos along the river provide opportunities to sit quietly, listen and observe. The gazebos are home to Barn Swallow during the summer. Along the river a stand of phragmites provides habitat and cover that can be searched for additional species.
Species of Interest (Full Bird List)
Prothonotary Warbler, wading birds
pine/hardwood forest, isolated wetlands, marsh, river
Access and Parking
From the entrance, drive to the back of the college and park in the overflow parking area away from the buildings. Access the boardwalk where the woods and swamp border the college to the north. Open daily during daylight hours. Restrooms are available at the college.
From the intersecton of US 17 and US 158 in Elizabeth City, travel approximately 1 mile north to the college entrance on the east side of the road, just past the Albemarle Hospital.
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