Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge Butterfly Trail

EASY 4 reviews

Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge Butterfly Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cape Charles, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and birding and is best used from August until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
9 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

wild flowers



Located at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, this area is one of the most important avian migration funnels in North America. Each fall the refuge is the scene of a spectacular drama as millions of songbirds and monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors converge on their voyage south.

2 days ago

This area is so beautiful. Take some time to go to the beach, the water is clear and shallow. The state park is beautiful. And Cape Charles is just such a cute town.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A nice walk from the visitors center, through the butterfly trail, up the observation overlook and down to the marsh overlook. Beautiful, easy, relaxing stroll!

nature trips
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beautiful facility and nice trails. Friendly helpful staff. A really nice place for families, small children and field trips. We will be back in the fall to see the butterflies migrating.

Thursday, March 16, 2017