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Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge

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Try To Spot an American Woodcock Or A Northern Saw Whet Owl!

My wife and I traveled here In December and really enjoyed the refuge. This NWR is located on the... read more

Reviewed December 31, 2018
New York Mills, Minnesota
The Eastern Shore the Way it Was and Still is Today!

The Eastern Shore + (Fisherman Island) of Virginia National Preserve, managed by the US Fish... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2018
Vero Beach, Florida
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5003 Hallett Cir, Cape Charles, VA 23310-1128
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

My wife and I traveled here In December and really enjoyed the refuge. This NWR is located on the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula in eastern Virginia near the town of Cape Charles. It was established in 1984 as a refuge for migratory and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

The Eastern Shore + (Fisherman Island) of Virginia National Preserve, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, is located on the southern tip of the Cape Charles Peninsula, off US 13 on the right driving north off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, turn right on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Went there to do some walking, nice paths, cemetery, WWII artillery, butterfly garden, bird watching. Informative staff

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

My family went here on a guided kayak tour on our trip to Virginia Beach. The guides were very nice and helpful to my family. We rode a bus out to the kayak launch area and picked up some campers on the way. It was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank evacraw
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This is a great little gem full of information about the Chesapeake Bay and also all about the birds and butterflies that migrate thru the area. The volunteer at the desk was super friendly and very informative.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled along this as we were riding the back roads but later realized it can be accessed off of the main road. The gentlemen working that day were very knowledgeable of the area and the animals/birds of the area. We spent about an hr...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Barbara J
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is a Hidden Gem to visit when arriving at the rest area after the Bay Bridge. Had no idea existed until this year after 15+ yrs coming over. Even passed it going to boat launch. Great for Kids - Manned - with a very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank CRITIC1OF2
Reviewed May 29, 2018

I particularly like exploring the old fortifications. Good spot for birdwatching and wildflowers. Very nice visitors center.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank foxtail1
Reviewed May 21, 2018

It is an easy hike along the butterfly path to see the observation decks. There is a ton of stairs climb to one of them. You can catch a glimpse ofthe lighthouse from the marsh observation deck. There is also a small cemetary with very...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank tawny1956
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

Camping nearby, we were looking for something to do on a rainy-foggy day. This facility is beautiful. We enjoyed the visitor's center and walked the beautiful pathways to the bunker and the marsh overlook. Don't miss stopping in if you have a few hours to...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank davevoorhees56
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April 12, 2018|
Response from davevoorhees56 | Reviewed this property |
Plenty of birds and an occasional deer. Beautiful place. Great walking trials.
February 8, 2018|
Response from millbrook2012 |
Occasional White-Tailed Deer. This Refuge is better known for migratory birds; over 400 species. This is a great place for wildlife photography.
Bridget B
June 20, 2015|
Response from globaltrekster | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge for the visitor center and the surrounding trails. There is a charge of $13-$15 for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel if you are coming from the south (Virginia Beach) or heading south after visiting.