This park in the northeastern region of Virginia has over one hundred acres of preserved wildlife area with forests, lakes, streams, and even a saltwater river, the Great Wicomico River. The Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve welcomes your furry family members as long as they are well-behaved and leashed at all times. Bring along some clean up bags to pick up after Fido because the park does not provide them and it is your responsibility.
This pubic nature preserve is open to the general public during the day and has plenty of fishing space, hiking trails, an observation deck, and a boardwalk that goes right over the Bush Mill Stream. Although the parking area is a bit on the small side, it is not very busy if you go at the right time. Weekdays are a good time to go if you like solitude or if your pup is not used to crowds. Make sure you do not let your pooch bother others visiting the park or the local wildlife.
All dogs and their humans must be on their best behavior while visiting the Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve or you may find yourself being asked to leave. What makes this nature preserve different from the rest is the spot where the fresh water of the Bush Mill Stream meets the saltwater Great Wicomico River. You will find many kinds of birds and waterfowl such as great blue herons and bald eagles.
Although this is a public park, it does not have much in the way of amenities because it is kept mostly natural. There are certain areas of the Bush Mill Stream Natural Area Preserve that are off limits at certain times of the year to protect rare creatures that live there. It is always best to check with the park authorities for more information before you set out on an adventure with your pooch.