Natural beauty abounds in Hampton Roads, and several areas -namely State and National Parks, as well as wildlife refuges -allow you to enjoy nature and the great outdoors -
Assateague Island National Seashore
7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
Encompassing land at the Maryland/Virginia border on theEastern Shore, Assateague Island National Seashore offers sandybeaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Because of its unique geographic location along the AtlanticCoast that provides overlapping ranges for both northern andsouthern species, biodiversity is high. Habitats include barrierisland beach and dunes, shrub-scrub, woodlands, farm land and freshand brackish marsh.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
US-64 and NC-12, Nags Head, NC 27959
A haven for recreation and reflection, the islands of CapeHatteras National Seashore are constantly changing by tide, storm,current, and wind.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336
The refuge, comprised mainly of salt marsh and woodlands,contains habitat for a variety of trust species, including uplandand wetland-dependent migratory birds.
Chippokes Plantation State Park
695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry, VA 23883
Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest workingfarms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historicalexhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James Riverin Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety oftraditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitorcenter, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails.
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
3/4 mile after Route 12 ends in Corolla, NC 27927
Refuge is in the northern portion of Currituck Sound on anOuter Banks barrier island. Some tracts transition from theAtlantic Ocean to Currituck Sound which include sandy beaches,grassy dunes, maritime forests, shrub thickets, and fresh andbrackish marshes.
Dismal Swamp State Park
2294 US 17 North, South Mills, NC 27976
Feel your daily stresses melt away as you cross the historicDismal Swamp Canal and walk along the 300-foot boardwalk into thisgeological wonder. Experience first hand the lush swamp forest andget up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife.
Eastern Shore Of Virginia National WildlifeRefuge
5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA 23310
This area is one of the most important avian migrationfunnels in North America. Each fall, like colorful clockwork, therefuge is the scene of a spectacular drama as millions of songbirdsand monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors converge at thetip of the peninsula on their voyage south.
False Cape State Park
4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Located in southern Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park isa mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Access is through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and islimited to hiking, bicycling or boating. The park featuresprimitive camping and an extensive environmental education programin one of the last undisturbed coastal environments on the EastCoast.
First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930s, First Landing State Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay.The park, which is Virginia’s most visited state park, isnestled in Virginia Beach. First Landing offers boating, swimming,nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, a boatlaunch, cabins and 19 miles of trails on 2,888 acres.
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
The Great Dismal Swamp has long been considered a place ofnatural beauty, mystery, and legend. The swamp is an integral partof the cultural history of the region and remains a place of refugefor both wildlife and people.
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959
At Jockey's Ridge State Park you can experience the world ofthe desert. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures and alack of water make the park resemble barren environments such asthe Sahara Desert.
Kiptopeke State Park
3540 Kiptopeke Drive, Cape Charles, VA 23310
Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, this park offersrecreational access to the Chesapeake Bay and the chance to explorea unique coastal habitat featuring a major flyway for migratorybirds.
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
316 Marsh Causeway, Knotts Island, NC 27950
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in1960 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, primarily thegreater snow goose.
Merchants Millpond State Park
71 US Hwy 158E, Gatesville, NC 27938
Merchants Millpond State Park, where coastal pond andsouthern swamp forest mingle, is called an "enchanted forest,"featuring primitive species of fish relatively unchanged overmillions of years, towering bald cypress trees with massive trunks,and luxuriant growths of Spanish moss.
York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Eleven miles west of Williamsburg, York River State Parkoffers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of acoastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicateenvironment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create ahabitat rich in marine and plant life.
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