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  • Writer's pictureLaura Scharle

Cape Charles: A Weekend Itinerary of Easy-Intermediate Paddling

This article was originally written by Laura Scharle (Creator of Delmarva Trails & Waterways) for the Virginia Water Trails.

Often forgotten on Virginia maps, the Eastern shore has a culture all of its own. This narrow strip of land between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean may seem like just a highway when you pass through on Route 13, but as you begin to explore the back roads and quaint, historic towns, the Eastern shore quickly captures your heart. From the charming historic districts of Cape Charles, Onancock, and Chincoteague, to the wild coastlines teeming with wildlife, the Eastern shore is the perfect location for a weekend paddling vacation – or as we like to say, “paddle-cation.”

When you take your first glance of the water trails map of the Eastern shore, it appears to be dominated by red, advanced level trails, particularly on the seaside where there aren’t as many narrow, protected creeks to explore. And the beginner and intermediate trails are even fewer in the southern portion of the region, down near Cape Charles.

But if you’re not an advanced paddler, you definitely don’t want to skip Cape Charles! There are several easy and intermediate trails tucked away throughout the area that you don’t want to miss. Throw in some fresh seafood, craft brews, and a stunning hike, and you’ve got the perfect Cape Charles escape ahead of you. Read more...


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