Plan Your Visit

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Know Before You Go

A visit to the refuge can be made even more enjoyable if you bring a few simple supplies. Drinking water if you are planning on spending time on the trails. There is a water fountain in the Visitor Center to refill your personal water bottle. (Be sure to check the Visitor Center hours to make sure it will be open when you are visiting).

A day out in the sun can be made more pleasant by bringing along a hat and sunscreen.

During warmer parts of the year (Spring-Fall) mosquitoes can be unwanted companions. You can prevent bites by wearing long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes and/or wear insect repellent. Mosquitoes are in greater numbers after it has rained.

Another reason to stay on the trails is to avoid picking up ticks in the tall grasses. Be sure to check yourself for ticks after your hike!

General Information

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge Brochure (pdf)

Eastern Shore of Virginia Tear Map  (pdf) 

Comprehensive Bird List Categorized by Seasons  (pdf) 

Barrier Islands Shore Nesting Bird Brochure and Map (pdf)

ES Native Plant Guide (pdf) 

The visitor center is a great place to start your visit on the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, located just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. The visitor center has exhibits on refuge habitats and wildlife management activities.

The visitor center is at 32205 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Virginia 23310 and can be contacted by calling 757-331-3425.

The visitor center is open:

  • November - April: Friday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • May - October: daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Visitor center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The refuge's headquarters is located at 5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310. The office is open by appointment only. Please call (757) 331-2760 to  schedule an appointment. 

The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuges are located off Route 13 in Virginia just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Take Rt 13 to Seaside Road. Follow Seaside Rd (Rt 600) east ½ mile to the intersection with Fitchett Rd. Turn South on Fitchett for ½ mile, the office is on the left.