Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

5003 Hallett Cir.
Cape Charles, VA 23310- Map It
(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. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
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.