The North Landing River is a designated state scenic river that winds its way from the urban settings of Hampton Roads down through tree-lined wetlands into North Carolina's Currituck Sound.
The North Landing River and Tributaries
The North Landing River is a part of the Intracoastal Waterway
System and covers 22 miles from the North Carolina line to the locks at Great
Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia. The river south of North Landing Road is from
300 feet to a mile wide. The water depth of the headwaters and tributaries is
2-5 feet and it is as deep as 12 feet in the Intracoastal Waterway channel.
Canoes and kayaks most safely travel this widest section of the river by
hugging the shoreline.
The North Landing River Natural Area
Preserve comprises 3441 acres in the City of Virginia Beach. The preserve’s public access point is in southern Virginia Beach
about two miles north of Blackwater.
Purpose of the Plan
North Landing River Corridor Greenway and Management Plan is intended
to help maximize and sustain the human and ecological benefits of the
North Landing River corridor. This plan will provide guidance and a
shared understanding among private and public landowners on the
ecological and human benefits of the corridor. Mitigation strategies
would also be established to help minimize those elements present
compromises within the greenway. Management of the greenway to maximize
these benefits will create a more livable environment not only for
those who use the greenway but also for the entire community today and
Why develop a North Landing River Corridor Greenway and Management Plan?
The North Landing River Corridor Greenway and Management Plan will help to ensure that there is a long-term collaborative strategy in place to protect and manage the corridor’s natural resources, sensitive lands and water quality, as well as existing and potential non-intensive recreational uses and activities for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors today, and well into the future.
Land development activity will continue to occur in the areas surrounding the corridor, and impacts associated with this development are expected to continue as well.
Being proactive today to develop a collaborative long-term management strategy that provides the greatest protection to all affected lands and resources in this corridor demonstrates a commitment to preserving these resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
Protected Property Owners in the North Landing River Corridor
A coalition of public and private conservation organizations owns a total of more than 10,000 acres within the watershed. Acquisition of the preserve properties was funded by the 1992 Virginia Parks and Natural Areas Bond comprising the following local, state and federal agencies and a nonprofit organization:
- Cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Department of Defense
- The Nature Conservancy