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Geocaching   --   Eastern Shore
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Free real-world outdoor treasure hunt!

Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.


Geocaching by Water!

Onancock is located on the newly-designated Capt. John Smith Geotrail, with more than a dozen geo-caches now in place within the Town limits at historic sites, parks, and two new ones on Onancock Creek accessible only by boat or kayak! If you find them both, come into SouthEast Expeditions at the Wharf (757-354-4FUN) for a discount off your kayak rental, and a souvenir of the Chesapeake Bay. Visit Geocaching.com to learn more about the activity (type in zip code 23417 for Onancock), and nps.gov/cajo to learn more about the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Onancock - SouthEast Expeditions at the Wharf
Eastern Shore , VA  0

Website:  www.geocaching.com

Phone 1:  757-354-4386  

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Assateague Island National Seashore Beach   --   Eastern Shore
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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.

8586 Beach Road
Eastern Shore , VA  0

Website:  www.nps.gov/asis

Phone 1:  757-336-6577  

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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail   --   Eastern Shore
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VA Birding & Wildlife Trail - 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 to explore the many birding and wildlife viewing sites on the Eastern Shore Loop of the statewide Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail (VBWT).

The Eastern Shore Loop 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. 

For more information about the statewide VBWT, please visit https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/

Accomack and Northampton Counties
Eastern Shore , VA  00000

Email:  BirdingTrail@dgif.virginia.gov       
Website:  www.dgif.virginia.gov/vbwt/coastal-trail/CES

Phone 1:  804-367-1000  

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