Hiking, Wildlife Observation
Nearly nine miles of roads and trails are open to visitors most of the year. Seven foot trails and boardwalks, four of which are universally-accessible, are available for those who wish to observe the varied habitats of the refuge. Trails vary in length from less than 1/4 mile to nearly 1 ½ miles. Click here for trail descriptions.
Note: Ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes are abundant, particularly in the summer. The use of a repellent is highly recommended.
Eastern Neck NWR has an amazing BayScape garden that is maintained by refuge volunteers. The garden is an excellent warm season location to observe and photograph butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent opportunities for wildlife photography year round. Click here to learn how you can share your wildlife photos , blog about them, discuss them online, and more.
Eastern Neck NWR welcomes a variety of school and youth groups throughout the year for leader-guided environmental education programs on the Chesapeake Bay, migratory birds, forested habitats, and other topics.
Click here to learn about a recent environmental education program at Eastern Neck NWR. This video was created by the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College.
Boating, Fishing and Crabbing
Kent County operates the Ingleside Recreation Area and Bogles Wharf landing within the refuge. The Ingleside Recreation Area, on the northwest side of the refuge, has facilities for crabbing and car-top boat launching from April 1 to September 30. Picnic tables are available for use during these months. Bogle's Wharf landing is located on the east side of the refuge and offers trailered boat launching facilities (county permit required - not available at the refuge office). Please visit the Boating Kent County site for more information on how to obtain a permit. Additionally, fishing opportunities are available at the refuge entrance from the bridge that spans the Eastern Neck Narrows, the Tundra Swan Boardwalk, and Bogles Wharf.
Be sure to check out our Trail Descriptions for information on the Eastern Neck Island Water Trail for paddlers.
Public hunting of white-tailed deer is permitted on Eastern Neck NWR on specific days that are annually designated by the refuge manager in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Hunters must obtain a permit to hunt at Eastern Neck NWR. The refuge also offers Wild Turkey hunting for youth hunters. Information is available regarding both hunts on our Hunting Page.