Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area

6 miles south of Farmville on Rt 15
Farmville, Virginia 23901


The area’s gently rolling hills are typical of the topography of the south-central Piedmont. The nucleus of the area is Briery Creek Lake, formed by damming Briery Creek and Little Briery Creek. A nature trail begins at the parking area on Route 790 at the dam and winds along the lakeshore. Due to the large expanses of open water, there are some unusual bird-watching opportunities available at Briery Creek. Ospreys, an occasional bald eagle, and a variety of waterfowl species can be seen on or near the lake seasonally. Tundra swans make an appearance on a regular basis at this lake, so watch them from a distance as they can be much meaner than they appear.

For those looking for a little more excitement, black bear sightings have been increasing in this area over the past few years. Spring and early summer will be the times to keep your eyes and ears open for them. In addition, river otter and beaver are both active along Briery and Little Briery Creeks. River otters are a particular treat as they were once almost entirely extirpated from Virginia and have been increasing steadily since the early 1970’s.


Briery Creek Wildlife Management Area

(434) 525-7522

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