Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve
This 298-acre preserve contains outstanding Chesapeake Bay beach, dune, and maritime forest communities, migratory songbird habitat, and an exemplary population of northeastern beach tiger beetles.
There is a parking lot at the entrance to the preserve and three marked hiking trails with interpretive signage.
Savage Neck Natural Area Preserve with its mile of Chesapeake Bay shoreline is special for its unusual bay-side dunes and associated plant communities, and because it supports one of the most important conservation areas in the world for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis). The diverse maritime plant communities on the preserve represent highly important habitats for migratory birds.
Visitors can take a 0.75-mile, marked trail through some of the highest sand dunes on the Eastern Shore. In the fall, the annual Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for birdwatchers to visit Savage Neck Dunes and see a variety of neo-tropical warblers and other migratory songbirds.