Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Charles

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,127-acre (4.56 km2) wildlife refuge located in Northampton County, Virginia, at the southern end of the Eastern Shore and near the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. It is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The refuge was established in 1984; much of its land was previously part of Fort John Custis (later Cape Charles Air Force Station), a base used by the United States Army 1941–1948 and the United States Air Force from 1948 until 1981. Gun batteries remain from the Army period and several buildings remain from the Air Force period. A 16"/50 caliber Mark 7 gun and a projectile from an Iowa-class battleship have been placed at Battery Winslow, formerly part of Fort John Custis. Also near the refuge is Fisherman Island, classed as a "Wetland of International Importance". The refuge is an important staging area for migratory birds, and is used as well for the management and study of endangered species such as the northeastern beach tiger beetle and piping plover.
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  • This is a scenic, historic place to visit. There are two short trails from the tiny parking lot. One leads you to the WWII era gun, an old graveyard, and two overlooks of the marsh. One overlook is... 
    This is a scenic, historic place to visit. There are two short trails from the tiny parking lot. One leads you to the WWII era gun, an old graveyard, and two overlooks of the marsh. One overlook is...  more »
  • Quiet area that is a beautiful nature preserve but be sure to check the hours they are open depending on the season you are traveling. 
    Quiet area that is a beautiful nature preserve but be sure to check the hours they are open depending on the season you are traveling.  more »

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