Facility Activities

Visitors looking to immerse in nature can enjoy miles of trails or get a pass to launch their boat for a day on the water. History buffs might discover the World War II bunker and gun barrel while others spend time at the saltmarsh overlook or bicycling on a trail.

With woodlands, grasslands and coastal wetlands our refuge is home to a diversity of birds throughout the year. Some 439 bird species have been recorded on the Eastern Shore of Virginia including osprey, American woodcock, and saw-whet owls.

Our trails guide you through the timeless nature and surprising history of our refuge.

Wildlife can be seen from a variety of locations throughout the refuge. You may catch sight of wildlife from your car window or on a hike down along one of three trails. Our refuge features three pollinator/native plant gardens. Two are located at our Visitor Center and a third at our...

Leave only footprints, take only memories… well that and of course photos! Getting that perfect shot makes reminiscing over a visit easier to share with others. Whether it’s capturing a sunset drenched salt marsh from our marsh overlook or  snapping a box turtle as it scurries across the...

The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail offers five miles (one-way) of paved cycling. The Wildlife and Butterfly Trails are also open to cyclists, but watch for uneven terrain.

Whether you plan to fish, hunt or just observe wildlife, the Wise Point Boat Ramp is a launch point for people with motorized and non-motorized boats. Access to the ramp is from Route 13 and Route 600 (Seaside Road) through the refuge onto Ramp Lane. 

Hours

5:00 AM to 10:00 PM...

Visitors can start their canoe or kayak journey from two different locations.

Northampton County boat launch

This small ramp is located on the south side of Ramp Lane (the road that leads to Wise Point Boat Ramp).

Use of this  boat launch area and...

We welcome your furry friends to join you on any of our trails. Please remember to clean up after your dog. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and be kept on designated trails. 

We offer a variety of hunting opportunities including large game, small game and migratory game birds. Our annual hunt program is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the habitat. It also provides for wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities. Hunting is...

At the end of Bull Tract Trail is a fishing spot open to our visitors. If you are looking to fish from a boat you can head to Wise Point Boat Ramp or the Noarthampton County kayak launch.

The motorized boating section provides information about using the Wise Point Boat Ramp. If...