Hunting in King and Queen County on the 9,562-acre Dragon Run State Forest is located just 7 miles down the road from Rainbow Acres Campground. Come stay with us and be close to the hunting grounds.
The property protects a significant water resource (Dragon Run Swamp) while allowing for traditional forest management activities.
As one of the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s most pristine waterways, the Dragon Run flows forty miles, northwest to southeast, along and through non-tidal and tidal bald cypress swamp situated in portions of Essex, King and Queen, Middlesex, and Gloucester counties that drain into the Piankatank River and out into the Chesapeake Bay. The Dragon Run plays a central role in the Middle Peninsula’s culture and identity. Natural resources – forestry and farming – have long been the bedrock of the watershed’s economy. These land uses, together with extensive swamps and unique natural resources, are the main reason that the Dragon Run remains wild and secluded.
The Dragon Run contains the northernmost example of the Baldcypress-Tupelo Swamp natural community in Virginia. Moreover, 25 rare species and 5 rare natural communities are found there. Based on his investigations of the watershed’s aquatic communities, one researcher observed that the Dragon Run is a “100 year old time capsule” resembling coastal plain streams of the Chesapeake Bay region at the turn of the 20th century.