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Many locations at the refuge are designed for accessibility, including both visitor centers, most nature trails, bathhouses, restrooms and wayside exhibits.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails  

The following trails are paved and wheelchair accessible.   

Black Duck Marsh Trail - 1 mile
Swan Cove Trail - 1/2 mile
Wildlife Loop - 3.2 mile loop
Woodland Trail - 1.6 mile loop

Refuge Trail Map Brochure

Beach Access 

Visitors can access the beach using beach wheelchairs with balloon tires which are available through the National Park Service. For more information please check at the Toms Cove Visitor Center (757-336-6577).

Service Animals

Service animals (as defined by ADA) are allowed on the refuge. The dog must be kept on a 6 foot or shorter leash at all times and you must clean up after them. For a definition of a service animal please visit

America the Beautiful - Access Pass

National Wildlife Refuges and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
This is a free, lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity fee. It replaces the Golden Access Pass. Golden Access passes may be exchanged free of charge. Learn more about Federal Recreational Lands Passes.