The Northern Neck & Chesapeake Bay: A Regional Guide to Rural Living was first published in 1997 by the Commonwealth of Virginia with the title Tidewater Low Country Almanac, with the goal of paying tribute to this outdoor landscape and natural treasures of the Northern Neck.

“Our hope,” the Guide’s Foreword states, “is that [this guide] will remind you of the need to appreciate anew the natural beauty of this wondrous place, and to accept your individual and collective responsibility to keep the Northern Neck a splendid and verdant, wet and wild, and delightfully intimate place to visit and live in.


A Brief History
Sand & Soils
Forests, Fields & Farms
Abundant Wildlife
Rivers, Creeks & Marshes
A Bountiful Fishery
Shorelines, Coves & Underwater Grasses
Grasses & Lawns
The Conservation Partnership

Or download the full Guide as a PDF file. is a regional website designed as the go-to place for all topics environmental, relevant to the Northern Neck of Virginia. It is maintained with the active participation and contribution from many of the region’s organizations that are dedicated to making the most out of our air, land, and water—by making them last.

The Project was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant #NA (e.g., FY15 #NA15NOS4190164) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.