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Eight Wilderness Hikes on VA’s Eastern Shore

If your idea of the perfect vacation is to grab your backpack and hit the trails, you’ve come to the right place. On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, we’ve got over 78,000 acres of of parks, refuges, national seashores and preserves. By the way, scientists say that just looking at nature helps your brain work better

For a list of all local trails with planning details, go here.

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The 562 acres of Kiptopeke State Park include a wild beach on the Chesapeake Bay shoreline of the long 70-mile peninsula beach.


LOWER SHORE

Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve
29 acres, 0.5 miles of trails, beach views

Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge
1,393 acres, 3.6 miles of trails, 2.5 mile bike trail

Kiptopeke State Park
562 acres, 5.1 miles of trails, beach trails

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Wildlife abounds at the Brownsville Preserve. Photo: Mark Godfrey, Nature Conservancy

Brownsville Preserve, Nature Conservancy
1,250 acres, 1.7 miles of trails

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Magothy Bay wetlands make it a stellar place to spot wildlife. Credit: DCR-DNH, Irvine Wildon

Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve
286 acres, 3.5 miles of trails, coastal wetland views

Savage Neck Dunes Natural Area Preserve
298 acres, 5 miles of trails, beach trail


MID SHORE

MuttonHunk Fen Natural Area
Mutton Hunk is on the Atlantic Ocean side of a long 70-mile peninsula.

Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve
516 acres, 2 miles of trails


UPPER SHORE

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Assateague Island National Seashore starts in Virginia and stretches over 30 miles into Maryland.

Assateague Island National Seashore & Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
48,000 acres, 14.75 miles of trails, 37 mile wild beach

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