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Assateague Island National Seashore   --   Chincoteague Island
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The only seaside beach accessible by land on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Assateague Island is a must see with its 10 miles of pristine beach, ocean swimming, bird watching, kayaking, hiking, biking and surf fishing not to mention its most famous residents - the wild Chincoteague Ponies who freely roam the island's sands and marshes. There's even a chance to hike the nearby light and get a bird's eye view from atop the 145 ft tall 1867 Assateague Lighthouse.

PO Box 38, 8586 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336

Website:  www.nps.gov/asis

Phone 1:  757-336-6577  

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Barrier Islands   --   Eastern Shore
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In a hectic world the Eastern Shore's chain of barrier islands are almost mystical in their isolation. No houses, fewer humans, itís easy to lose yourself in this water-meets-sky world. Professional eco-tour guides provide unique adventures in the rarest of worlds while protecting this fragile environment: Broadwater Bay Ecotours, SouthEast Expeditions, Chincoteague Cruises and Nature Tours, Eastern Shore Adventures, Lyn B Charters, Marlin Magic, Shore Thing Charters, Top Dog Charters, Adrenaline High. See why we must protect these ecological gems: http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/virginia/files/beach_nesting_bird_brochure_panels.pdf

Seaside
Eastern Shore , VA  0

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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

Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/capecharles.shtml

Phone 1:  757-787-5576  

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Birding   --   Cape Charles
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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel offers travelers and birding enthusiasts the opportunity to observe birds and waterfowl from its four manmade islands. The Bridge-Tunnel's habitat of concrete, steel, asphalt and rocks located in open water, makes an inviting rest stop for birds during their spring and fall migrations.

 

The southernmost of the manmade islands is open to the general public; however the other three islands are accessible for birdwatching by permit.  For more information, visit www.cbbt.com/birding.html  or call 757-331-2960.

PO Box 111, 32386 Lankford Highway
Cape Charles , VA  23310

Email:  PAddison@CBBT.com       
Website:  www.CBBT.com

Phone 1:  757-331-2960  

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge   --   Chincoteague Island
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14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, saltmarsh, and freshwater marsh are home to a spectacular variety of migratory birds and wildlife. 10 miles of breathtaking natural beach provide plenty of elbow room and private time. Wonderful for families is the Tom Cove area with beach parking, picnic areas, and bathhouse facilities including lifeguards during the summer season. Herbert Bateman Center is a great introduction to the refuge’s many wonders.

PO Box 62, 8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336

Email:  FW5RW_CNWR@FWS.gov       
Website:  www.FWS.gov/Northeast/Chinco

Phone 1:  757-336-6122  

Phone 2:  757-336-5273   (Fax)

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Eastern Shore Eventacular, Inc.   --   Cape Charles
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Sponsor of Major Festivals

Sponsor of

Tall Ships At Cape Charles

Eastern Shore of VA Birding
and Wildlife Festival

www.esbirdingfestival.com

PO Box 102
Cape Charles , VA  23310

Email:  ESBirdingFestival@gmail.com       

Phone 1:  757-787-0918   (Ext 129 Birding)

Phone 2:  757-678-2331   (Tall Ships)

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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:http://www.fws.gov/Northeast/EasternShore/Fisherman%20Island%20Tours.html

32205 Seaside Road
Kiptopeke , VA  23310

Email:  Jennifer_Braatz@fws.gov       
Website:  www.FWS.gov/Northeast/EasternShore

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

Phone 2:  757-331-2760   (Headquarters)

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Guard Shore   --   Bloxom
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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

This site is still under development. Guard Shore offers a myriad of possibilities for wildlife viewing depending upon the time of year. The extensive open bay ecosystem provides a vast viewing area to scan for wading birds, waterfowl, terns and gulls. Mudflats and sand spits exposed at low tide may attract feeding shorebirds, especially during migration. The site's maritime loblolly pine stand may offer endless migrant passerine viewing possibilities.

At the end of Route 684
Bloxom , VA  23308

Email:  Glen.Askins@dgif.virginia.gov       
Website:  www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/site.asp?trail=1&loop=CES&site=CES15

Phone 1:  804-367-1000  

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Kiptopeke State Park - Birding / Hiking / Biking   --   Kiptopeke
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Nature rules at this 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 for birding and 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.

3541 Kiptopeke Drive
Kiptopeke , VA  23310

Email:  Kiptopeke@dcr.virginia.gov       
Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/kip.shtml

Phone 1:  757-331-2267  

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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


Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/magothybay.shtml

Phone 1:  757-787-5989  

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Maplewood Gardens   --   Nassawadox
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Nursery and Garden Center

Gardens surround this 100 year old Victorian farm house. Stroll through the rose garden, shade, box and perennial gardens. Meander through the woodland trails, pass the turtle pond, over the bridges and through the forest on this nationally recognized birding trail.

Monday - Saturday, 8am - 5pm

6118 Seaside Road
Nassawadox , VA  23413

Email:  Support@CustisFarms.com       

Phone 1:  757-442-9071  

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Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve   --   Parksley
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SITE DESCRIPTION

Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve is located on the seaside of Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore.The protected acreage fronts on Gargathy Bay on the east and is bounded by Whites Creek and Mutton Hunk Branch on the north. A conservation focus of this protection effort was the occurrence of a globally rare sea-level fen community - one of only four in Virginia. Sea-level fens are open, freshwater wetlands located between uplands and wide, oceanside tidal marshes. The freshwater wetland vegetation is sustained by springs at the upland edge that provide large volumes of fresh groundwater. The low nutrient content of the groundwater and the acidic conditions of the soil strongly influence the types of plants found in sea-level fens. The vegetation consists of an interesting combination of acid-tolerant bog plants and tidal freshwater wetland plants capable of surviving in low nutrient areas. Five state-rare plant species occur here.

220 acres formerly under private lease for agricultural production have been converted to migratory songbird habitat, as originally prescribed in the sale agreement.

The protection of this and other properties in the area is a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy and the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust.

VISITATION
Public access facilities include a parking lot and two walking trails - one to the marsh overlooking Gargathy Bay and one along White's creek.

East on Baker Road (Rt 742)
Parksley , VA  23421


Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/muttonhunk.shtml

Phone 1:  757-787-5989  

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Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve   --   Eastville
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Tucked away and rustic on the bayside of the lower Eastern Shore [Eastville area] this 298-acre preserve contains scenic Chesapeake Bay beach, dune, and maritime forests and provides migratory songbird habitat. Small parking area leads to marked hiking trail. Unforgettable spot.

End of Savage Neck Road (Rt 634)
Eastville , VA  23347


Website:  www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/savage.shtml

Phone 1:  757-787-5989  

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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail   --   Eastern Shore
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Eastern Shore Loop

With wildlife watching on the Eastern Shore you can experience some of the best wildlife habitat on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Click on Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website below, and explore the different loops on the Eastern Shore Trail for driving or even biking opportunities. [See loop list on right side]

The Eastern Shore includes world-class wildlife watching at Chincoteague at our northern end, and world-class venues like the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Kiptopeke State Park, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at our southern end. In between a plethora of sites are available to view a great variety of wildlife. The coastline is indented with countless estuaries and tidal mudflats that, during migrations, can be seething with shorebirds. Pockets of deciduous woodlands provide critical stopover points for migrating songbirds, and the peninsula catches tremendous numbers of raptors that follow the coast on their fall migration flight. 

Eastern Shore Loop
Eastern Shore , VA  0

Email:  dgifweb@dgif.virginia.gov       
Website:  www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/loop.asp?trail=1&loop=CES

Phone 1:  804-367-1000  

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Willis Wharf Boat Ramp   --   Willis Wharf
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Public boat ramp.

Also, a bird observation platform.

Off Rt 603
Willis Wharf , VA  23486

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