Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, located at the mouth of the Chester River in Kent County, Maryland, was established in December 1962. This 2,285-acre island refuge is a major feeding and resting place for migratory and wintering waterfowl on Maryland’s famed “Eastern Shore.”
The refuge offers wonderful wildlife viewing and expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay along 7 different trails. The Visitor Contact Station, located in a historic hunting lodge, is staffed by volunteers and features exhibits about the habitats and history of the refuge, as well as a gift shop operated by the nonprofit Friends of Eastern Neck. Fishing is permitted at Tundra Swan Boardwalk, Ingleside Recreation area (closed seasonally), and Bogles Wharf. Hunters enjoy fall deer hunting and a spring youth turkey hunt.
Nearly nine miles of roads and trails are open to visitors much of the year. Seven hiking trails and boardwalks are available for those wishing to observe the varied habitats and wildlife of the refuge. In order to protect wildlife and their habitats, visitors must stay on designated trails or roads. Please be aware that ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes are abundant, especially during the summer months.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex.
Rules and Policies
In order to protect wildlife and their habitats, certain restrictions are in effect on the refuge.
From Chestertown, MD, take Route 20 into the city of Rock Hall. Turn left at the flashing light onto Main Street (Route 445). Stay on Rt. 445 for 8 miles until you come to a small bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will be on Eastern Neck NWR. Once on the refuge, you will find an informational kiosk at the first pull-off. Signs will direct you to trails, the boat launch, points of interest, and the visitor contact station.