Virginia Seaside Water Trail Launch Site - Greenbackville Harbor

Greenbackville Harbor Launch Site

Greenbackville Harbor

Accomack County

Large commercial waterman's marina with two boat ramps and several docks. Bulkheads protect mouth of harbor. Ample parking.  Beginner kayakers should avoid Greenbackville due to heavy recreational boat and commercial fishing vessel activity.  Food available.

Launch site owner:

Accomack County - 757.787.5700

Directions to launch site:

  • From US 13, East on Route 175, 2.8 Miles.
  • Left on Route 679, 6.5 Miles.
  • Right on Route 679, 2.8 Miles.
  • Right on Harbor Road, 0.2 Miles.
  • Harbor is located at end of Road.

GPS Coordinates:

+38.0072 / -75.3903

Intermediate Paddlers:

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Route Description:

Explore the shoreline of Chincoteague Bay near Greenbackville Harbor. The harbor at Greenbackville is a well used waterman's marina, and paddlers must be aware of power boat traffic.  Use the boat ramp nearest the harbor exit rather than the one you pass immediately upon entering the marina area.  Paddle out of the harbor and past the breakwater.  Turn right (Southwest) and head back toward the coastline.  As you paddle past the fringe marshes that line the coast, keep an eye out for Powell Creek and then Swans Gut.  Access to these creeks is limited by the tide, but they provide excellent opportunities for coastal exploration and wildlife viewing.  Return to the boat ramp by retracing your route along the coast.

Greenbackville Harbor - intermediate Route - South from Greenbackville Harbor

Advanced Paddlers:

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Greenbackville to EA Vaughn Kayak Trail

Just across the state line in Maryland is the E.A. Vaughn Kayak Trail (near Stockton, Maryland) with launch sites at Taylor's Landing and George Island Landing.  The trail explores the waters and creeks in and around the E.A. Vaughn Wildlife Management Area and Mills Island.  You can connect to the E.A. Vaughn Kayak Trail from Greenbackville by paddling North.  For more information go to

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