Crow’s Nest Natural Preserve

The walk sign-up/registration is only through the AVA Online Start Box program. You will need to create an account and register for the walk: There is no physical start-box at this location. AVA/IVV credit is $3.00. The POC does not provide event directions nor accept alternate payment methods.

This is a Seasonal Walk, from May 4th – October 29th, Thursday – Sunday only. The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. (or dusk). NOTE: The gates are locked at closing. If you get locked in, call the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4450.

Address and Parking: Go to the Raven Road Access for Crow’s Nest: 81 Raven Rd., Stafford, VA 22554. Cross a one lane bridge and drive 1.6 miles, turning left at sign and then following a narrow road to parking lot. There are pull-outs in case you meet another vehicle and need to pull over. The parking area is only large enough for 18 cars, so car-pooling is suggested if you come with others.

The detailed location of, and driving directions to, the event starting point are included in the event directions, downloaded from the Online Start Box (OSB). To plan your travels, please use the map on this page: The POC does not provide event directions nor accept alternate payment methods.

Start Point for Walk: Start at the Crow’s Nest Point Trailhead for the 9K round-trip walk. Add another 1K to your walk by following the Chinquapin Oak Trail that veers of the Crow’s Nest Point Trail.

POC: Kay Shoemaker,, 540-841-1855

Description of Walk: 9k or 10k.
Rating: 2C
Restrooms: Yes
Strollers: No
Pets: Yes
Wheelchairs: No
For More Information:
Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is a large wilderness area located in Stafford County, VA, between Potomac Creek and Accokeek Creek. The preserve is named after a black sailing ship called The Crow that once docked in the Potomac Creek during the 1800’s. Crow’s Nest was also occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. It is home to nesting bald eagles and was a temporary home to Pocahontas. The Crows Nest Point Trail (9K round trip) takes you along a beautiful wooded path ending at Potomac and Accokeek Creeks. You will see an historic cemetery along the trail with information on early settlers. The Chinquapin Oak Trail veers off the Crow’s Nest Point Trail and adds another 1K round trip distance. Both offer beautiful views of the water.