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Best Hiking near Captain's Cove
Jun 30, 2016
Virginia's Eastern Shore is home to many unique habitats, with beaches, marshes, and protected areas for wildlife and plants. Explore our unique area with these best hiking areas near Captain's Cove.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island has a variety of paved and unpaved trails open for hiking, as well as 37 miles of beach to wander. The Maryland side of the island has 1 1/2 miles of trails and the Virginia side has almost 15 miles of trails, where you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls the island home, including of course the famous Chincoteague Ponies. Make a weekend out of it by camping at one of the campsites on the Maryland side of the island, where sites run $30 per night and have running water. Get more info here.
Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve
On the sea side of Accomack County, this 412-acre Natural Area Preserve is surrounded by Gargathy Bay to the east and Whites Creek to the north. It is one of only four sea-level fen communities in Virginia. Sea-level fens are open, freshwater wetlands located between uplands and wide, oceanside tidal marshes. The low nutrient content of the groundwater and the acidic conditions of the soil strongly influence the types of plants found in sea-level fens; five state-rare plant species occur here. Explore this unique habitat with two walking trails - one to the marsh overlooking Gargathy Bay and one along White's creek. Learn more here.
Kiptopeke State Park
This bay-front park is 562 acres and features over 5 miles of walking and biking trails. This is a great birding location, as the coastal habitat is a major flyway for migratory birds. The park also has many options for campers, with six-bedroom lodges, RV and tent camping, a yurt (part cabin-part tent), camping trailers and a bunkhouse. There is a boat ramp, lighted fishing pier, picnic areas, playground, beach bathhouse and swimming beach with calm, shallow water. More info here.
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Located at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR offers the chance to see the area's wildlife up close with several different trails. Walk the ½-mile Butterfly Trail; try the 2.6 mile Bike & Hike trail, with opportunities for wildlife observation and photography; or, walk the ½-mile Wildlife Trail, which loops through mixed hardwoods, past an old cemetery, and out to the saltmarsh overlook. Climb to the top of a WWII bunker for a breathtaking view of refuge marshes, barrier islands, bays, inlets, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Come back in the fall, when the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR, one of the most important avian migration funnels in North America, is the scene of millions of songbirds and monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors converging on their voyage south. Learn more here.