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Seaside Water Trail (VA)

Length: 100 miles
Waterway: Atlantic Ocean

The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program developed 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.

Virginia'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!

Beyond 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.

Map of Trail

    Public Launch Sites:
  • Greenbackville Harbor
  • Queen Sound Landing
  • NASA Dock (Assawoman Creek)
  • Wisharts Point Landing
  • Gargatha Landing
  • Parkers Creek Landing
  • Folly Creek Landing
  • Wachapreague Town Dock
  • Quinby Harbor
  • Willis Wharf Harbor
  • Red Bank Boat Ramp
  • Oyster Harbor Ramp
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia Wildlife Refuge

Contact Info:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218


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