Queen Sound Landing

Important Notices

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Queen Sound Landing is a paved pull-off  for launching boats. When not busy with boaters, it offers a place to quickly view the extensive salt marshes of Chincoteague Bay and its associated salt marsh islands. The islands are typical eastern coastal salt marshes consisting of Spartina grasses. These are excellent for migrant shorebirds, wading birds and saltmarsh-type sparrows. Wintering waterfowl utilize the extensive bay ecosystem for feeding before returning to the breeding grounds.

Tip: Visit this site at low tide when the mudflats become visible and can produce a large variety of shorebirds and waders, including black necked stilts (April – September).

Note: Yield use of this site to those launching boats.


Physical Location: 37286 Chincoteague Rd, Horntown, VA 23395

From US-13 just north of Oak Hall, head east on VA-175/ Chincoteague Rd. Follow the road as it winds for 7.9 miles. Bear right onto a short driveway towards the Queens Sound Boat Ramp.

From the Previous Site on the Eastern Shore Loop of VBWT:

From the Free School and Michael Marsh Tracts of Saxis Wildlife Management Area, return to the intersection of Rt. 695/Saxis Road and Rt. 788. Turn right on Rt. 695/Saxis Road and follow it 8.5 miles east to US 13. Go left (north) on US 13 for 3.6 miles to SR 175/Chincoteague Road. Turn right and go east 7.9 miles to the landing on the right, which is a short dead end drive.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Accomack County Dept. of Public Works: 757-787-1468, 757-824-0020; pworks@co.accomack.va.us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Queen Sound Landing (as reported to eBird)

  • Rock Pigeon
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Common Tern
  • Forster's Tern
  • Double-crested Cormorant

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Boat Ramp