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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. Trail maps are available at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center or to download here.

  • 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. This trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.

    OPEN

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding this trail from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays.

  • 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 paved and open to both walkers and bikers and is wheelchair accessible.

    OPEN

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding this trail from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays.

  • 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 paved trail is for walking and biking and is also wheelchair accessible.

    OPEN

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding this trail from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays.

  • 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

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding this trail from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays.

  • Woodland Trail

    Woodland Trail

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

    Have you explored the Bivalve Trail that lies just off the beaten path of the Woodland Trail? Look for the sign while on the Woodland Trail and you can take this self guided hike through the maritime forest leading to a section of Toms Cove where you can catch a glimpse of the old lifesaving station or do some clamming. This hiking trail is not paved or wheelchair accessible, no bicycles please.

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding both trails from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays.

  • Service Road

    Service Road

    Besides the above trails, foot access is permitted on our 7½ mile Service Road. Bicyclists can access the trail for 1¼ miles to the D-Dike beach access area. Cars are not permitted on the Service Road with the exception of Oversand-Vehicle Permit holders who are accessing the North OSV zone for fishing purposes.

    OPEN

    NOTE: Archery hunting will occur in the area surrounding this trail from October 1, 2016 to December 17, 2016. The Service Road will be closed north of D-Dike during the Firearms hunt, November 19 to December 17, 2016. There is no hunting on Sundays. 

    *Hunting will not occur during Waterfowl Weekend, November 24-27, 2016 and so trails will remain open during these dates. 

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Page Photo Credits — Trail photos - Murray Barkley.
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016
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