Trails, Parks, & Wildlife Refuges

Trails, Parks, & Wildlife Refuges

Delmarva has amazing landscapes, seascapes, and wildlife viewing opportunities for artists. These are great places to photograph or set up an easel and paint. Entrance fees may vary.

On Assateague Island
Assateague Island State Park
Beach and easy to moderate trails including a scenic marsh boardwalk with observation blind.

Assateague Island National Seashore
In Maryland, besides the beach there are three easy to moderate trails through dunes, forest, and marsh. The latter two include easy scenic boardwalks. If you have four wheel drive you can obtain a permit to explore the back country of the island to see some of even more wildlife.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Six easy to moderate trails are available including the Freshwater Marsh, Woodland, Black Duck, Swan Cove, the Wildlife Loop, and Lighthouse Trail. Some but not all trails are paved.

In Delaware
Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge
A twelve mile wildlife drive, five walking trails with two handicapped accessible, and three observation towers

Delaware Birding Trail
Birding & hiking trail sites throughout the state of Delaware.

Delaware State Park Trails
Easy to moderate hiking trails throughout the state.

Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
Six easy to moderate trails – two are handicap accessible

In Maryland
Adkins Arboretum
Four miles of easy to moderate paths through a variety of habitats, dry open upland meadows, maturing hardwood forest, and lush wooded bottom land.

Adkins Mill Park
Easy scenic boardwalk trail into the cypress swamp

Black Water Refuge
Wildlife drive and four easy to moderate hiking trails, the longest of which is the Key Wallace trail which is 2.7 miles through deep forest

Hazel Outdoor Center
Five easy to moderate trails through woodland. The longest trail is two miles. Prior reservation is required. This is geared toward groups.

Paul Leifer Nature Trail – Furnace Town Historic Site
A short, easy walk through bald cypress swamps and upland forests in The Nature Conservancy’s beautiful, 3,000-acre Nassawango Creek Preserve.

Pemberton Park
4.5 miles of easy to moderate nature trails that lead visitors through a variety of surroundings. The longest trail is one mile.

Maryland State Parks & Natural Resources Management Areas
Easy to moderate trails in each county on the Eastern Shore

Mount Harmon Plantation
Visit the formal boxwood garden enclosed by serpentine brick walls and see 200-year-old yew trees as well as their network of nature trails through the historic Tidewater landscape.

Worcester County Trails & Parks
Experience the wild beauty of the beach and beyond in Worcester County’s extensive parks and trails.

In Virginia
Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve
A long boardwalk takes visitors through several natural communities, including a globally-rare Maritime Dune Woodland, and ends at a low bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Three easy trails through woodland and meadows. The longest is 2.6 miles.

Eastern Shore Loop – Virginia Birding Trail
This is a driving trail but it will connect you to a variety of birding sites some with hike-able trails on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Kiptopeke State Park
Over a dozen easy trails mostly less than a half mile long designed just for bird watching.