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Virginia CZM Program Public Access: Seaside Water Trail


map showing location of Eastern Shore of VirginiaVirginia's Eastern Shore is the narrow, 70-mile long, southern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Chesapeake Bay. 

On the Seaside (Atlantic side) you will find quaint seaside villages surrounded by rich farmland, pristine salt marshes, and shallow bays abundant with marine life. 

Paddle through a coastal wilderness!

Seaside Water Trail BrochureBeyond these shallow bays lie Virginia's barrier islands which are almost entirely in conservation ownership. These islands form a chain that protects the seaside's tidal creeks, bays, marshes and the mainland. Shorebirds abound as do shellfish and finfish. If you are lucky, and look closely you may see an occasional seahorse or pipefish. 

One of the best ways to experience the serene beauty of the Seaside is by canoe or kayak. Paddlers can explore areas not accessible by car or foot.

Explore the Seaside on the Virginia Seaside Water Trail!

Floating dock

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program funded development of the 100 mile long Virginia Seaside Water Trail as a series of day-use paddling routes.

The Seaside Water Trail runs between the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Charles and Chincoteague Island. Additional trail segments go through Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and connect to Assateague National Seashore and the Assateague Canoe Trail. The Seaside Water Trail branches off at Chincoteague Island and ends at the Village of Greenbackville near the Virginia/Maryland state line.

The Virginia CZM Program funded installation of floating docks in Chincoteague at Downtown Park, at Quinby Harbor, at Wachapreague Harbor and in Willis Wharf.

See article on Virginia Seaside Water Trail in the Spring/Summer 2006 Virginia Coastal Zone Management Magazine!


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For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact Virginia Witmer.

This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce.


The Seaside Water Trail is transitioning to a new website!  

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Visit the new Virginia Water Trails website.




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