Nature Preserve

Bay Creek’s spectacular 350-acre Nature Preserve enhances the authentic coastal living our community is known for, offering a place for activity and exploration among forests and shorelines. Some of the most scenic land within the community, this natural wonderland is now protected from future development and will serve as a permanent conservation area for Bay Creek owners.

A crucial part of our mission in responsibly creating this Nature Preserve was to make it accessible for residents and guests. The Nature Preserve is a haven for hiking, walking, canoeing, kayaking and learning about the world around you. On foot or on the water, Bay Creek residents and guests have a beautiful natural world opened up for their enjoyment and for the preservation of the Eastern Shore’s valuable habitat.

Access & Exploration

We have partnered with Avid Trails®, one of America’s top trail companies, to design and implement walking and biking trails and activity stations throughout the Preserve. Avid Trails® provides the trail and experiential expertise that enhances the country’s most beautiful natural landscapes. Bay Creek’s network of trails traverse the Nature Preserve and offer some of the most scenic views on Virginia’s Cape. The trails are punctuated by planned activity areas and access points for exploring waterways by kayak or canoe. They will also be joined by the future ‘Base Camp,’ a launching point for all manner of outdoor activity.

“I love helping people experience nature in their own way—whether it’s being active hiking or kayaking, or just being still and taking it all in.”  

Stan Osmolenski, Bay Creek Preserve Ranger

Meet Stan Osmolenski

Bay Creek Preserve Ranger & Discovery Guide

The Nature Preserve gives Bay Creek residents and guests a glimpse into the amazingly diverse Eastern Shore ecosystem. Ranger Stan Osmolenski is passionate about helping people discover and embrace this incredible resource. A former Park Ranger at Kiptopeke State Park, and a true nature lover, Stan leads a full schedule of outdoor adventures among Bay Creek’s pristine woodlands and waters. He also offers nature workshops that allow families to embrace and discover the wonder of nature~ from ‘Full Moon’ walks to wildlife and native plant spotting, and waterway explorations.


Get a glimpse of Stan in action during a recent Stewardship Committee outing.

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