Virginia Seaside Water Trail - Queen Sound Launch Site

Queen Sound Launch Site

Accomack County

Queen Sound Landing is a paved pull-off offering extensive views of Chincoteague Bay and its associated salt marsh islands. 

This site is on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail...Check it out!

Launch site owner:

Accomack County - 757.787.5700

Directions to launch site:

  • From US 13:
  • Turn right onto SR 175/Chincoteague Road - go 7.9 miles.
  • Landing is on the right (short dead end drive)

GPS Coordinates:

+37.9349 / -75.4197

Advanced Paddler Route:

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Queen Sound to Greenbackville Harbor

Route Description:

Launch at the Queen Sound Landing boat ramp and head East along the Chincoteague Causeway until you reach the Queen Sound bridge.  Pass under the bridge and continue along the main channel until you have a clear view of the mainland to your Left (West).  Pick a suitable route through the small salt marsh islands as you paddle toward the mainland.  This area is not marked with channel markers, and there are several possible routes to take.  Be aware of the effects of tide on the water levels in this shallow bay and surrounding waters.  As you reach the mainland shoreline, turn Right and follow the shoreline Northward.  After you pass Horntown Landing, look for Swans Gut and then Powell Creek on your left.  Access to these creeks is limited by the tide, but they provide excellent opportunities for coastal exploration and wildlife viewing. Continue North to the village of Greenbackville.  The harbor is protected by a long, low breakwater that you must paddle around.  Stay to your right as you enter the harbor to avoid powerboat traffic in this bustling commercial marina.  You will want to use the first boat ramp you see on your left as you enter the harbor. 

Note: Advanced paddlers can continue from Greenbackville to the E.A. Vaughn Kayak Trail at George Island Landing near Stockton, Maryland.

Queen Sound Landing - advanced route - Queen Sound to Greenbackville

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All route maps provided on the Virginia Seaside Water Trail web site are for illustration only. They are not intended for navigational use. To obtain a nautical map for this route, visit NOAA navigation charts.

Please check the land ownership and visitation policies map before your trip! Virginia's barrier islands, wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas contain very sensitive wildlife habitat. Seasonal or year-round closures are in effect.

TRAIL MAP KEY - Please review and take along with your trail route map.

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