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Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve

Important Notices

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The 29-acre Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve, owned by Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, has a long boardwalk that traverses several natural communities, including a Maritime Loblolly Pine Forest, and ends at a low bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The preserve provides habitat for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle and is part of the Lower Delmarva Important Bird Area. Over two hundred forty species of birds have been observed at this Preserve. Good birding can be found here year-round, but fall is particularly special. During fall bird migration, the forest abounds with migratory songbirds and raptors resting and feeding before continuing their journey across the Chesapeake Bay. Spring migration is also productive for songbirds. In winter, a diversity of waterfowl can be spotted out on the bay.


  • There is no beach access for the public due to the sensitivity of the habitat.
  • There are no facilities on site.



Physical Address: 

From US 13, turn west onto SR 184/ Stone Rd, then turn left on Fig St. Turn right on Mason Ave and then, almost immediately, make a very sharp left on Old Cape Charles Rd/ SR 641 and continue .4 miles. Turn right on Bayshore Rd and continue .6 miles as the road curves. Turn right onto Patrick Henry Ave. Park behind the building and head towards the kiosk to find the trailhead.


Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, Eastern Shore Region Steward: 757-787-5989
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Open daily, dawn to dusk

10 Most Recent Bird Observations Added to eBird

  • Eastern Screech-Owl
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Brown Creeper
  • Winter Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Surf Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • American Oystercatcher

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Parking
  • Observation Platform