Permitted activities include wildlife observation, photography, nature study and hiking on the trails and along some roads. Please watch for signs that close some areas to visitors.
The refuge trails are open dawn to dusk.
Pets must be kept on a leash and they are prohibited at the Wise Point Boat Ramp.
Prohibited items and activities include use of metal detectors, picnicking and the collecting of plants, animals or artifacts and use of personal watercraft (PWC’s).
There are lots of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife-related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Refuge for you to enjoy.
Be safe and have fun!
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The southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula is an important migratory bird stopover location along the Atlantic coast. This narrowing peninsula created by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean causes a funneling effect on the birds as they fly south. Our current bird list of 406 species, found in and around the refuge, is a great resource for planning your bird watching visit.