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Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve   --   Cape Charles
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This preserve is found on the Bay side of the Eastern Shore. Its 29 acres feature coastal beach, dune, and maritime forest habitats. The preserve provides habitat for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle. Coast bedstraw, an herbaceous plant, grows on the dunes at the interface between open grassy areas and shaded areas where shrubs and trees dominate. During fall migration, the forest abounds with migratory songbirds and raptors resting and feeding before continuing their journey across the Chesapeake Bay.

A long boardwalk takes visitors through several natural communities, including a globally-rare Maritime Dune Woodland, and ends at a low bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.  There is no beach access. Due to the sensitivity of the habitat, access to the beach is restricted to researchers and land managers.

End of Bayshore Road
Cape Charles , VA  23310


Phone 1:  757-787-5989   (Office)

Phone 2:  757-678-6208   (Mobile)

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Eyre Hall Gardens   --   Cheriton
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Eyre Hall is one of Virginia’s finest and best-preserved colonial homes. Approached by a long, old-fashioned cedar-lined lane, the house overlooks Cherrystone Creek. Thomas Eyre landed at Jamestown in 1622 to take up patented land on the Eastern Shore in 1623. Eyre descendants have owned land in the lower portion of Northampton County continuously for 12 generations. Littleton Eyre (great-grandson of Thomas) purchased the present site of Eyre Hall and in 1760 built the original gambrel-roofed portion.

The gardens are among the oldest in the country, circa 1800. Ancient boxwood and gnarled crape myrtles tower over the traditional swept paths, all enclosed by a wall of brick brought as ballast from England. On the sunny side, English-style mixed borders add color, and opposite is the family graveyard and romantic orangery ruin from 1819.

3215 Eyre Hall Drive
Cheriton , VA  23316

Phone 1:  757-331-1660  

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Indiantown Park   --   Eastville
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Only Public Park in Northampton County

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM

The Northampton County Parks and Recreation Department operates Indiantown Park, located east of Eastville on Rt. T631, Indiantown Road. Indiantown Park is the only public park in Northampton County; this 52 acre park is equipped with picnic shelters, lighted softball field, playground, a 36 hole disc golf course, soccer field and a recreation center. 

Northampton County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs for all ages. Programs that are offered are summer camp, youth basketball, coed volleyball, adult softball, coed softball, adult basketball, disc golf, teen dances and much more. Indiantown Park is frequently used by the community for family picnics, family reunions, church functions and weddings.

Each of the Parks and Recreation activities continue to grow every year. These family oriented activities bring our small community closer together in the spirit of fun and sportsmanship. With continued support we plan to grow and provide more activities for all of the Northampton County community.

Disc Golf Course Details
Permanent Course
Established 2003
Mostly Flat & Heavily Wooded Course Landscape
Plenty of wooded shots. Low canopies in the woods make precision a must.

18 Holes
Course Length 4800 ft.
Woodchips Tee

 Camping Nearby

7399 Indiantown Road (Rt T631)
Eastville , VA  23347


Phone 1:  757-678-0468  

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Mockhorn Island Wildlife Management Area    --   Kiptopeke
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Mockhorn Wildlife Management Area consists of two tracts, Mockhorn Island and the GATR Tract, both on the seaside of the Eastern Shore. Combined, these tracts give users the opportunity to hunt or to view wildlife and plant species common to both marshland and upland in this unique region of Virginia.


Now you see it. Now you don't. Mockhorn Island, the larger of the area's two tracts, is an Atlantic coastal island of over 7,000 acres of tidal marshland. Visible during low tide, much of the island is under water when the tide is full. The major vegetation is saltmarsh cordgrass. On the hummocks that remain above water, loblolly pine, red cedar, wax myrtle, green brier, honeysuckle and poison ivy are the major plant species. The focus of the management on Mockhorn Island is the conservation of its natural state. Wind and waves make most attempts at habitat manipulations impossible. The 356 acre GATR Tract, nearby on the mainland, is an area of mixed upland and marsh habitats. Both tracts are in Northampton County only a few minutes north of Cape Charles.


Spring turkey hunting on the GATR tract is administered through the quota hunt system. Hunters must posses a successful quota hunt authorization to hunt spring gobblers on the GATR tract. Mockhorn Island offers excellent opportunity for hunting clapper rail. The area hosts moderate populations of black ducks, buffleheads, goldeneyes and Atlantic brant on or near the island. Sea ducks, including old squaw and scoters are present on open water. Muskrat, raccoon and river otters are also present. Mockhorn is open to public for hunting rail and waterfowl. It is accessible by boat only. The GATR Tract is open to deer, waterfowl and rail hunting. Only archery equipment may be used for deer hunting.


The waters around Mockhorn Island and adjacent to the GATR Tract hold numerous saltwater species, including flounder, channel bass, black drum, gray trout, sea bass, bluefish, croaker, shark and tarpon. Magothy Bay, South Bay, Ship Shoal Channel and New Inlet are among the favored fishing spots.

Other Activities

The scattered high grounds, or hummocks protruding from the marsh, provide an interesting diversity of habitat. The area is a bird watchers paradise. Herons and egrets nest in the low shrubs and trees. Ospreys nest on buoys, channel markers, old submarines lookout towers and man made platforms. Gulls, terns, and other sea and shore birds of various species frequent the area. Kiptopeke State Park and Fisherman's Island National Wildlife Refuge are nearby attractions.


There is an excellent boat ramp at Oyster which is the most convenient access to Mockhorn Island and its surrounding waters.


The best access to Mockhorn Island is from the Oyster boat ramp, located east of Cheriton at the end of Route 639. To reach the GATR Tract, take Jones Cove Road east from Seaside Road.

GATR Tract - take Jones Cove Road east from Seaside Road
Kiptopeke , VA  23310


Phone 1:  804-367-1000  

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Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve   --   Kiptopeke
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This 286-acre preserve encompasses woodlands, forested wetlands and extensive salt marshes. These communities provide habitat for a variety of coastal species. Waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds forage in the salt marsh for mussel, snails, fish and crustaceans. Diamondback terrapins and clapper rails are common on the mud flats. The woodlands provide excellent resting and foraging habitat for migratory songbirds. Warblers, orioles and other migratory songbirds utilize the abundance of trees and shrubs to rest and replenish energy reserves before crossing the Chesapeake Bay.

Approximately 140 acres of former agricultural fields have been converted to migratory songbird habitat.

The preserve has a designated parking area and is open to the public. There are two walking trails. One loops through the new migratory songbird habitat. The other goes through the songbird habitat, into the existing forest and out to the dike overlooking the marsh along Magothy Bay.

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource management activities. Please call before visiting.

East on Bulls Drive from Rt 600
Kiptopeke , VA  23310


Phone 1:  757-787-5989   (Office)

Phone 2:  757-678-6208   (Mobile)

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Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge   --   Kiptopeke
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Mother Nature’s playground is located at the southern tip of the peninsula on the seaside just minutes north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel. 1,393 acres of maritime forests, thickets, grasslands, fresh and saltwater ponds provide crucial habitat and stopover for wildlife. Visitors can witness the annual drama of the huge fall migration of songbirds, raptors and even monarch butterflies who funnel through here on their way south. Walking trails, photography blind, nature museum and a breathtaking view of the seaside barrier island chain from atop a WWII bunker, make this a year-round must see.

Wise Point Boat Ramp, as part of the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, is managed to provide wildlife-oriented recreation including fishing, hunting and wildlife observation. Access to the ramp is from Route 13 and Route 600 (Seaside Road) through the refuge onto Ramp Lane.

Fisherman Island Tours are free and offered Saturdays, October thru March. Discover  the unique variety of wildlife found on the island and its rich history. For more info:

32205 Seaside Road
Kiptopeke , VA  23310


Phone 1:  757-331-3425   (Visitor Center)

Phone 2:  757-331-2760   (Headquarters)

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Kiptopeke State Park    --   Kiptopeke
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Nature rules at a beautiful bay beach, where calm, shallow waters are perfect for small children, and the fun doesn't stop there. A boat launch, fishing pier, (or surf fish right off the beach) picnic and excellent camping facilities combine with walking/biking trails allowing exploration of scenic maritime forests and dunes. Pets are allowed on leash only. Top 100 Family Campgrounds by ReserveAmerica. 5 sun-filled cabins with rocking chairs on porches sleep 16 each.

3540 Kiptopeke Drive
Kiptopeke , VA  23310


Phone 1:  800-933-7275   (Reservations)

Phone 2:  757-331-2267  

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Brownsville Preserve / Virginia Coast Reserve   --   Nassawadox
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The Nature Conservancy

Brownsville's birding and wildlife trail offers visitors an introduction to the Virginia Coast Reserve.

½ Hour before sunrise
to ½ Hour after sunset

For visitor safety
During the deer hunting season
(October through early January)
the Preserve closes at 3:00 p.m.

Birds and other wildlife abound at Brownsville Preserve 

From the boardwalk and trails traversing this historic farm, you may see deer, fox, raccoons, blue herons, bald eagles, wild turkeys and many other species of birds. The Conservancy manages Brownsville to enhance bird habitat, and the farm serves as headquarters for the Virginia Coast Reserve.

History of Brownsville

Until the Conservancy purchased Brownsville in 1978, the farm had remained in the Upshur family since 1652. 

At one time, the owner ran a castor-oil mill on the property. From his wharf on Brownsville Creek, he also shipped huge loads of corn to New York and New England via chartered vessels.

According to Whitelaw's Virginia's Eastern Shore, Mr. Upshur added a frame wing onto the family's 1806 three-story brick home because of the many relatives who lived there. He is claimed to have said, "There is no place to put the sole of my foot." Today, the historic Brownsville house is used to accommodate occasional guests and for special events.

11332 Brownsville Road
Nassawadox , VA  23413


Phone 1:  757-442-3049  

Phone 2:  757-442-5418   (Fax)

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