Where to Watch a Rocket Launch on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

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Here’s a list of public viewing sites along the ocean side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They are grouped into distance from Wallops Island, near Chincoteague, which is ground zero. NASA determines the precise rocket trajectory for each launch and exact sightlines vary from launch to launch.

UPPER SHORE

1 mile from Wallops Island
Arbuckle Neck in Assawoman 

  • From RT 13 , turn east onto RT 691 (John Taylor Road)
  • Follow to stop sign
  • Turn left onto Metompkin Road/Atlantic Road
  • Following Atlantic Road, turn right onto Arbuckle Neck Road

4 miles from Wallops Island
Wrights Restaurant

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto Chincoteague Rd/VA-175
  • Travel on  RT 175 for approximately 3.5 miles and turn right at the stop light on VA RT 798
  • Continue 1.3 miles and turn left onto Wright Road
  • Follow on Wright Road 1.6 miles; restaurant sits on Watts

5 miles from Wallops Island
NASA Visitor’s Center
Building J-17, Wallops Island, VA  23337

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA- 175
  • Located about 7 miles on RT 175, outside of NASA Wallops Facility on right-hand side

5 miles from Wallops Island
Wisharts Point Landing in Atlantic

  • From RT 13 , turn east onto RT 691 (John Taylor Road)
  • Follow to stop sign,
  • Turn left onto Metompkin Road/Atlantic Road
  • Following Atlantic Road, turn right onto RT 695 ( Wisharts Point Road) to the end at the water

6 miles from Wallops Island
Queen’s Sound Landing
On right side of RT 175 along Causeway to Chincoteague Island

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto  Chincoteague Rd/VA- 175
  • Follow RT 175 7.9 miles to public boat landing on right

7 miles from Wallops Island
Curtis Merritt Harbor
2246 Curtis Merritt Harbor

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto  Chincoteague Rd/VA -175
  • Follow RT l75 across causeway and bridge to Chincoteague Island
  • After the bridge ends, turn right onto Main Street, heading south
  • Toward the end of the road you will see the  harbor entrance on the right side.

7 miles from Wallops Island
Town Dock/Robert Reed Park
4083 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Va.  2333

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto Chincoteague Rd/ VA – 175
  • Follow RT l75 across causeway and bridge to Chincoteague Island
  • After the bridge ends, turn right onto Main Street, heading south
  • Entrance is at end of road on left

8 miles from Wallops Island
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island
8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA  2333

  • From RT 13, turn east at T’s Corner Stop Light onto Chincoteague Rd/VA- 175
  • Follow RT 175 straight  to Maddox Blvd on Chincoteague Island
  • Keep right at the fork to continue on Maddox Blvd, passing through one roundabout
  • Maddox Blvd becomes Beach Rd (Fee required to enter federal park)

(You can see the launch from anywhere on the road and park along both sides of the road all the way down to the water.)

10 miles from Wallops Island
Gargatha Landing in Gargatha

  • From RT 13 , turn east onto RT 680 (Gargatha Landing Road)
  • Follow RT 680 to the water

12 miles from Wallops Island
Pierce Taylor Road at Old Ferry Dock

  • From RT 13, turn east onto RT 689 (Mappsville Road)
  • Go straight at the stop sign crossing over Metompkin Road
  • Turn left on RT 730 (Pierce Taylor Road), follow to Old Ferry Dock

MIDDLE SHORE

25 miles from Wallops Island
Wachapreague Town Marina in Wachapreague
Directions

  • Turn east off RT 13 onto Wachapreague Road (RT 180) at stoplight.
  • Turn onto Atlantic Ave. Harbor on left.

25 miles from Wallops Island
Island House Restaurant

  • Turn east off RT 13 onto Wachapreague Road (RT 180) at stoplight.
  • Turn onto Atlantic Ave. Harbor on left.


35 miles from Wallops Island
Willis Wharf boat ramp in Willis Wharf

  • Turn east off RT l3  onto RT 178 at Exmore Stop Light, road becomes US13 Business, go  0.6 Miles
  • Turn left onto RT 603 ,Go 1.8 Miles
  • Turn left into Willis Wharf Harbor

LOWER SHORE

44 miles from Wallops Island
Red Bank boat ramp in Red Ban

  • Turn east off of  US-13 S  onto Red Bank Rd, RT 617, go 1.9 miles
  • Turn left Red Bank Ct
  • Bear right to boat ramp

58 miles from Wallops Island
Oyster Harbor/Boat Ramp
6398 Ocean View Lane

  • Turn east from RT 13 N  onto Bayside Rd in Cheriton, go 0.2 miles
  • Turn left onto  RT 638 (Sunnyside Rd), go 2.6 miles
  • Turn left onto Crumb Hill Road in Oyster, go 2 miles to Ocean View Lane and boat  ramp

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Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge
32205 Seaside Road

  • Turn east from US-13 N at first road on right after Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel- RT 600
  • Follow RT 600 east until you have to turn, about 0.5 miles
  • Turn right onto Seaside Rd into the Wildlife Refuge and follow this road to the boat ramp at the end

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