Outdoors

Cape Charles: Outdoors:

  • Check out the trains, train station, Jetty House, and the Pilot/Wheel House and pick up a brochure for the Historic Walking Tour at the Cape Charles Museum & Welcome Center
    • 814 Randolph Ave
  • Rent a golf cart to jet around town from 
  • Ride a bicycle around town
    • or you can even take your bikes over to the
      asphalt 5.3 mile (out and back) Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail (trail passes by Kiptopeke State Park and continues to the new trailhead at the intersection of Route 13 and Capeville Drive. Parking is available at either trailhead.
    • If you don't have a bicycle, you can rent one from Poseidon Watersports from Poseidon Watersports located during the summer season at Town Harbor outside The Shanty.

  • Walk the boardwalk to an amazing view at the Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve 
    • nearly 29-acre preserve owned by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; it has a long boardwalk going through a Maritime Loblolly Pine Forest and ending at a low bluff overlooking the Chesapeake Bay (perfect for watching the sun set)*
    • the preserve provides habitat for the federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle and is part of the Lower Delmarva Important Bird Area. During fall bird migration, the forest abounds with migratory songbirds and raptors resting and feeding before continuing their journey across the Chesapeake Bay*
    • 301 Patrick Henry Avenue, Cape Charles

  • Go for a hike through the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve

  • Explore the property at Seaside Farm
    • organic farm bordered by woodland and marsh habitat protected from development by a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy. Wading birds are common in the marsh during summer and migrations bring a variety of sandpipers that can be viewed near the boat dock, and from the marsh trail. Wintering waterfowl occur here, as well as the neotropical migrants that visit the woodland during spring and fall. A four-acre pond holds ducks, geese, other birds and reptiles. Resident woodpeckers, quail, woodcock, turkey, and deer inhabit the area year-round. A butterfly garden provides habitat for a variety of common eastern butterfly species near the house. The phantom crane fly, one of the most attractive insects in North America due to its banded black and white coloring, inhabits the wet forest understory of the woods trail. Visitors are welcome to explore all around the property, including the circle road and any of the unmarked trails.
    • Note: Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th, except on Sundays. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange or blaze pink for safety.
    • 18119 Seaside Rd, Cape Charles

  • Enjoy the sights on Bay Avenue:
    • Free parking and beach access
    • LOVEworks sign
    • Fishing Pier
    • King Neptune statue
      • 7-ft donated bronze statue installed on Cape Charles' boardwalk in 2015; model for the 34-ft iconic statue on Virginia Beach's boardwalk.
    • Osprey nests
      • Observe their nesting behaviors atop light towers and channel markers; watch the males find and clean fish for the female; watch the males and females feed and teach their young to hunt; there are currently three or four nesting sites from the LOVE sign to the end of Bay Avenue near the pilons
    • Cape Charles Public Beach
      • Splash, wade, swim (you have to go pretty far out to find any depth), sunbathe, walk, build a sandcastle, fly a kite, SUP, boogie board, collect seashells, seaglass and driftwood, pick up trash that has washed ashore

  • Stroll "Main Street" (Downtown)
    • Mason Avenue from Bay Avenue to Fig Street
    • Free parking (on the street OR on the white gravel lot - entrances at Peach/Mason before the brick condos AND after the Cape Charles Medical Center, near the War Memorial, across from Brown Dog Ice Cream)
    • Restaurants, Bakeries, Retail Shops, Art Galleries

  • Explore Historic Cape Charles
  • Visit Central Park
    • Walk the paved trail
    • Play ball or frisbee
    • Relax on one of the benches or under one of trees
    • Grab some reading material from the Free Little Library near the playground
    • Have a picnic on the lawn
    • Take an outdoor fitness class from Alkemi Fitness
    • Play on the playground
    • Listen to live music on Summer Saturday nights
    • Enjoy the community potluck held at the end of Summer
       
  • Play a round of golf at Bay Creek Golf ResortJack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer-designed courses (you must now be a current Bay Creek homeowner/member or their guest to play.)

  • Drive by and research the history and future of the Cape Charles Rosenwald School
    • built in 1928 as a school for African American children during legal segregation and operated from 1929-1966; The Cape Charles Rosenwald School Restoration Initiative was established in
    • 2012 and they purchased the school in January 2019. They are working to rehabilitate the building and create Workforce/Job Training Classrooms, Community Kitchen, Business Incubator Space, Meeting/Presentation/Performance/Special Event Space, and Exhibit Area/Artifact Storage
    • 1200 Old Cape Charles Rd
  • Charter a boat
    • Cape Charles Boat Tour Company (departs from Oyster, VA)
      • Charter a boat from Oyster Harbor with up to 6 people to one of the Barrier Islands; Captain David Lee and his wife, Anna run this tour and are also the owners of Barrier Islands Salt Company
      • $310 reserve and pay online ($295 + $15 online fees)

    • Cape Charles Charters
      • Captain Wilson Cropp (departs from Oyster, VA)
      • Full day charters for $450 (7 hours) or half day charters for $325 (4 hours)
      • Call Wilson at 434-531-6376 or email at wilsoncropp@verizon.net

    • Eastern Shore Adventures (departs from Oyster, VA)
      • Leave from Oyster Harbor with up to 6 people to see many of the Barrier Islands; Captain Buddy Vaughn will share with you the history, local culture, environment and influences of the shifting of the Islands from tides, winds and weather; walk on the beach, see birds and nesting sites as well as old watermen houses.
      • $275 cash or personal check (note that the prices on the site are old and haven't been updated; call Buddy at 757-615-7723 to check availability as he does fishing charters as well

    • Eastern Shore Boat Tours
      • Explore the Eastern Shore of Virginia; private Cape Charles sunset cruises with Barrier Island boat tours with Captain Pete, licensed and a certified ecotour guide. 

    • Marsh Madness Charters
      • Specializing in shallow water sight fishing on the Lower Eastern Shore of Virginia. Captain Zach Pfingst

    • Miss Jennifer
      • Take a sunset cruise and dolphin search or a fishing charter (leaves from the Cherrystone Campground dock located behind the adjacent Cherrystone Aquaculture facility)

    • Topdog Charters
      • Charter a fishing boat

  • If you have your own boat, visit one of these public boating access sites along the Eastern Shore:
  • Charter a plane from Chesapeake Aviation
    • been in business for 45 years. FAA approved, 4-place aircraft, flown by professional pilot David Bright.
    • from 2000 feet, view the natural beauty of the Eastern Shore, historic Tangier Island, Wallops Island Space Center and the unspoiled uninhabited Barrier Island beaches that line the Shore from Maryland to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Call David to schedule a flight to explore the coastline, search for property, or get to a destination
    • 29194 Parkway N, Melfa

  • Support the New Roots Youth Garden
    • providing an outside-of-the-classroom environment for kids to learn to eat healthy and provide for their families by planting, growing and harvesting fruit and vegetables; children who have participated in the garden program before or ones interested are able to get free veggies at harvest

  • Get out on the water with Poseidon Watersports
    • jet ski rentals and dolphin tours; you can now rent paddleboards, kayaks and jet skis out of the Town Harbor, near The Shanty. Call 757-902-0400

  • Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard, take kite surfing lessons, or go on an aquaculture and kayaking tour with Southeast Expeditions

  • Grab some reading material at one of the Free Little Libraries
    • Donate or exchange a book from one of the many designated book boxes around town
      • Bay Avenue at Mason Avenue - on the boardwalk just to the right of the wheelchair ramp
      • Bay Avenue at Washington Avenue - on the boardwalk before you enter the beach
      • in Central Park - at the entrance of the playground
      • 630 Randolph Avenue - in front of a home, next to a bench
      • unofficial box set up at 125 Strawberry Street by vacation rental owner, BayDream Believer

  • Call for owls on an Owl Prowl
    • Take a walk along the 1-mile boardwalk of the Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve with former Kiptopeke State Park Park Ranger, Bill Dyas; enjoy the sunset and then make your way back down the boardwalk while Bill "calls" the wild owls and listen for their response;
    • every other Friday night (in summer/fall); check with the Cape Charles Memorial Library for schedule

  • Have a day of fun at Kiptopeke State Park:
    • sunbathe, swim, boat, walk the boardwalk trails and beaches to collect shells, fish on the fishing pier, view the concrete ships, tent or RV camp, stay in a yurt. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can rent solo or tandem kayaks or stand up paddleboards by calling 757-331-9400 (pricing as of 09/19 is kayaks: $15.80 for 1 hour, $47.39 for 4 hours (solo or tandem); and $21.06 for 1 hour and $63.18 for four hours for the SUP. (click here to learn more about the concrete ships)
    • 3540 Kiptopeke Drive; 757-331-2267

  • Explore the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
    • environmental education, photography, interpretation, wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing, hiking, climbing the observation tower, seeing the butterflies in the meadows, learn history and see a WWII gun barrel which sits in a bunker on the wildlife trail
    • 32205 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, 757-331-3425

  • Play at Cherrystone Campground
    • you can purchase a day pass to be able to enjoy the amenities
    • 1511 Townfield Drive, Cape Charles, 757-331-3063

  • Visit Custis Tomb at Arlington 
    • once the site of the former Arlington mansion, it's now a 7-acre meadow with woodland edges and the resting place of John Custis II (1628 – 1695) and his grandson, John Custis IV (1678 – 1749).(1630-1696)
    • 2157 Arlington Chase Rd, Cape Charles

*information obtained through Wikipedia