Cape Charles is rich not just in history, but also in natural beauty. One of the best ways to embrace that is by taking a hike. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the 7 best hiking trails near Cape Charles, VA.
As you’re planning your outdoor adventure, we would love to host your stay and provide a comfortable place to relax and rest. Each morning we’ll prepare a healthy, hearty breakfast to fortify you as you begin your trek through our natural habitat.
Preparing for Your Hike
As you prepare for your hike, we have a few suggestions. First, be sure to take some water. It’s very important to stay hydrated and water is your best choice. You may also want to take a few light snacks such as trail mix. Dressing in layers allows for all kinds of weather. Safety is another precaution. You may want a small first-aid kit and you definitely want some sunscreen to protect your exposed skin. Although many of us love nature, bugs and their annoying stings and bites are not pleasant. With that in mind, you may want to apply some bug spray before you leave (don’t forget to apply it on your ankles — even under your socks).
Now that we’re fully prepared, let’s take a look at our list of hiking trails.
Southern Tip Bike Trail
Rated: Easy | Length: 10 miles | Type: Out and back
This Southern Tip Hike & Bike Trail runs from the southern tip of the Eastern Shore through the Virginia National Wildlife Refuge up to the Kiptopeke State Park. It winds through forest and farmland providing a quiet and serene ride. Reviews often mention the secluded feel of the trail even though it is very close to US 13.
Magothy Bay State Natural Area
Rated: Easy | Length: 3.4 miles | Type: Loop
The Magothy Bay State Natural Area is a must-see for nature lovers. The trail loops through a tidal salt march and a coastal pine forest. You are bound to see a plethora of local foliage and fauna.
Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge Butterfly Trail
Rate: Easy | Length: 1.3 | Type: Out and back
As one of the “most important avian migration funnels in North America,” the Refuge Butterfly Trail is probably better for a short walk than a long bike ride. You may want to stop often to simply take in all the natural beauty of the area. But since it’s quite short and fairly easy, this trail would be a great addition to several hours of biking on the Cape.
Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve and the Bald Eagle Boardwalk
Rated: Easy | Length: Less than a mile | Type: Out and back
Both of these trails are easy and very short treks. Strolling along the trail you’ll listen to the songs sung by a variety of birds. On the boardwalk, watch for hawks, eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey.
Baywoods, Raptor, and Songbird Loop
Rated: Easy | Length: 2.9 miles | Type: Loop
This loop has a little more rugged terrain that includes sand, grass, and dirt. Winding through the Kiptopeke State Park you will encounter tracks of deer, rabbits, turtles, and more. You’ll also listen to the songs of birds and the occasional chatter of others enjoying the route.
Rated: Easy | Length: Approx 2 miles | Type: Out and back
The Seaside Walkway is located in the Edward S. Brinkley Nature Preserve. It begins with a grassy path that winds its way to a boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk, you’ll encounter a viewing platform with a birding blind. This is a great way to relax and enjoy observing nature while not disturbing the local wildlife. Truly a bird watcher’s delight. Ask your hosts Jim and Tammy why this preserve is extra special!
A Relaxing Stay
What better way to end your adventure on the Cape Charles hiking trails than to head back for a sip of cool lemonade on The Porch. It’s a great way to further unwind from your busy day-to-day life. There’s nothing like sitting on the rocking chairs, sofa, or swing and taking a nap, reading a book, or appreciating the time spent with the one you love. Come — check availability for your next stay!