The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a 70-mile peninsula that extends down from Maryland, dividing the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. This sliver of land can be divided into three sections: lower, middle and upper. The lower shore extends from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the south to Nassawadox in the north.
The Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge is one of the first or one of the last places that visitors pass as they travel the Eastern Shore. The park’s location at the tip of the peninsula is critical, as it serves as an important stop for migrating birds and butterflies. The refuge is home to great birding and wildlife observation, biking and hiking trail, a boat ramp and historic WWII bunkers.
Across U.S. Route 13, Sunset Beach Resort offers campers and hotel guests a little fun in the sun. Guests have access to a private beach, special events, a waterfront restaurant, a pool, water sports and a café.
If roughing it is more your style check out Kiptopeke State Park. The park has a beach, trails, bike and kayak rentals and a fishing pier. Guests can stay in yurts, lodges, cabins or campsites.
Head up U.S. Route 13 to Cape Charles. This town on the Chesapeake Bay is home to shops, dining, a free public beach, a fishing pier, two golf courses, two marinas, a yacht center and plenty of lodging. Stroll Mason Avenue, the town’s main street, and then take a dip in the Chesapeake.
Head up Route 13 for a history lesson. Stop by the Court Green Historic Exhibit in Eastville to enjoy the beautiful and historic vista. On your way there stop by Eyre Hall for a walk through their historic gardens, which are some of the oldest in the country.
Continue heading north to Machipongo. Stop by the Barrier Islands Center to learn about the thriving communities that once existed on the islands off the Eastern Shore’s coast. Be sure to stop by the gift shop on the way out, it’s stocked with local artisan wares.
If you're feeling hungry, check out the Machipongo Trading Company where you’ll find locally roasted coffee and killer sandwiches.
Take a detour off the highway to check out Chatham Vineyards. Have a wine tasting with some oysters in the tasting room or sip a glass of vino on the patio.
Last Updated: 08/27/2020
29106 Lankford Hwy
Cape Charles, VA 233100.27 MI
Cape Charles, VA 233100.54 MI
28410 Nottingham Ridge Lane
Cape Charles, VA 233101.68 MI
Route 13 and 4290 Capeville Road
Capeville, VA 233132.01 MI
35540 Kiptopeke Dr
Cape Charles, VA 233102.03 MI