Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

5003 Hallett Cir.
Cape Charles, VA 23310- Map It
Phone: (757) 331-2760

AAA Editor Notes

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula; a visitor center is at 32205 Seaside Rd. The 2,972-acre refuge protects four habitats: the Chesapeake Bay, barrier islands, salt marshes and upland forests. Songbirds, raptors and monarch butterflies assemble on the peninsula for the fall migration. Fisherman Island, a military installation during World Wars I and II, is home to a variety of shore birds. Wildlife exhibits and a 2.5-mile biking and hiking trail are offered. Another walking trail leads to an observation deck, from which nearby Atlantic Ocean islands can be seen. A 120-ton, 16-inch World War II gun from the USS Missouri is located inside the bunker under the observation deck. Guided tours are available. Recreational activities are permitted.
Free. Reservations are required for guided tours. Parking: $10 per day for public boat ramp.
Hours: Refuge open daily 30 minutes before dawn-30 minutes after dusk. Visitor center open daily 9-4, May-Oct.; Fri.-Sun. 10-2, rest of year. Guided tours of Fisherman Island are offered Sat. at 9, Oct.-Feb. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Allow 1 hour minimum.