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Trails

The refuge maintains several miles of trails for either hiking or biking. Major recreational activities include wildlife/wildland observation, photography, education, and sheer enjoyment of the outdoors. About half are paved while the rest are open to foot traffic only.

  • Wildlife Loop

    Wildlife Loop

    The Wildlife Loop is a 3¼ mile loop around a moist soil management unit and is a great place to observe wildlife, especially waterfowl and wading birds. It is open to walkers and bikers throughout the day, but vehicles are only permitted to drive on it from 3:00 P.M. till dusk.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed due to hunting until 12pm on the following dates: 

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19 

    January 5-6 & 8-9

  • Lighthouse Trail

    Lighthouse Trail

    The Lighthouse Trail is a ¼ mile foot path through the woods to the historic Assateague Lighthouse. It is for walking only.

    OPEN 
     

  • Swan Cove Trail

    Swan Cove Trail

    Swan Cove Trail, which branches off of the Wildlife Loop, is about ½ mile long and leads to the beach. Swan Cove Trail is open to both walkers and bikers.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed due to hunting until 12pm on the following dates:

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19 

    January 5-6 & 8-9

  • Black Duck Trail

    Black Duck Trail

    Black Duck Trail branches off of the Wildlife Loop. It is about 1 mile long and provides access between the Wildlife Loop and the Woodland Trail. This trail is for walking and biking.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed due to hunting until 12pm on the following dates:

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19

    January 5-6 & 8-9

  • Marsh Trail

    Marsh Trail

    The Marsh Trail is a ½ mile looping trail along the Wildlife Loop. This unpaved trail, open only to walkers, includes an observation platform overlooking Snow Goose Pool.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed due to hunting until 12pm on the following dates:

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19

    January 5-6 & 8-9

  • Woodland Trail

    Woodland Trail

    The 1½ mile Woodland Trail takes hikers and bikers through a beautiful pine forest and includes an overlook where you can sometimes see wild ponies.

    Most visitors are unaware of the new *Bivalve Trail that lies just off the beaten path of the Woodland Trail. Take this self guided adventure through the maritime forest leading to a section of Toms Cove where you can catch a glimpse of the old livesaving station or engage in clamming.

    *This trail is not yet marked.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed all day due to hunting on the following dates:

    October 20-22 & 27-29

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19

    January 5-6 & 8-9

  • Service Road

    Service Road

    Besides the above trails, foot access is permitted on our 7½ mile Service Road. Cars and bicycles are not permitted on the service road.

    OPEN 

    Trail will be closed all day due to hunting on the following dates:

    October 20-22 & 27-29 

    December 8-9, 11-12, 15-16 & 18-19 

    January 5-6 & 8-9 

Page Photo Credits — Trail photos - Murray Barkley.
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2014
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