Trails

Left - marsh overlook. Right: Walking/biking trail.
  • Butterfly Trail

    Butterflies on a bush.

    Come walk our ½-mile butterfly trail! A Monarch butterfly pole marks the start right out the back door of our visitor center. Along the butterfly trail you will have the opportunity to read interpretive signs and look for all signs of wildlife.

    Save time before your visit and hit our trails upon your arrival. Our map tear sheet, which has the location of our Monarch Butterfly Trail is available here to download, view, print or save on your mobile device here: Eastern Shore of Virginia Tear Map (pdf). 

    Curious about the birds on the trail or about plants that you might encounter? Our comprehensive bird brochure and native plant guide is available to download, view, save to your mobile device or print before you arrive here: Comprehensive Bird List Categorized by Seasons and here: ES Native Plant Guide

  • Bunker Overlook and Marsh Overlook Trail

    Wildlife Trail

    Visitors who want a closer look at the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR are invited to walk the ½-mile interpretive Wildlife Trail which loops through mixed hardwoods, past an old cemetery, and out to the saltmarsh overlook. A climb to the top of a WWII bunker affords a panoramic view of refuge marshes, barrier islands, bays, inlets, and the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Wildlife trail can be accessed from both the visitor center and the parking lot trailhead located at the entrance of the World War II bunker.

    Experience a breathtaking view from atop the World War II bunker located within the Wildlife Trail. There are steps you can climb to the top of the bunker. 

    Save time before your visit and know the location of our trails. Our trail map is available to download, view and print or save on your mobile device here: Eastern Shore of Virginia Tear Map (pdf). 

    Curious about what birds you might see or what native plants you might encounter? Our comprehensive bird brochure and native plant guide is available to download, view, save to your mobile device or print before you arrive here: Comprehensive Bird List at Eastern Shore NWR and here: ES Native Plant Guide

  • Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

    Bike Trail

    The 2.6 mile self interpreted bike & hike trail (image right) offers opportunities for wildlife observation, photography, biking and hiking. There are interpretive sign panels along the route for visitors enjoy. 

    Save time before your visit and get on this trail as soon as you arrive on-board our refuge. Our trail map is available to download, view and print or save on your mobile device here: Eastern Shore of Virginia Tear Map (pdf). 

    Curious about what birds you might see or what native plants you might encounter? Our comprehensive bird brochure and native plant guide is available for you to download, view, save to your mobile device or print before you arrive here: Comprehensive Bird List at Eastern Shore NWR and here: ES Native Plant Guide