Parks and Natural Refuges
Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge
Located at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, just above the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, this area is one of the most important avian migration funnels in North America. Each fall, like colorful clockwork, 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.
Favorable weather patterns push migrating species through the area in waves. Clouds of tree swallows swirl over ponds and flame orange and black-winged monarch butterflies float aloft. Protected habitats such as these provide critical stopover areas where birds and butterflies can rest and feed before resuming their arduous journey.
Kiptopeke State Park
Situated on the Chesapeake Bay three miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on Route 13, Kiptopeke is a mecca for nature lovers. The Park is a stopover for migrating birds and has a banding station, fishing pier, boat ramp, guarded swimming beach, bathhouse, cabins, camping facilities and picnic area. There is a small entrance fee during the season, but season passes are also available.
Pets are allowed if they are on a leash. There is a “per-pet” fee.