Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a breathtaking 2,285 acre island that is home to an abundance of wildlife, paired with stunning views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay. It's no wonder people from all around the area love to spend time exploring what this watershed has to offer.
Looking for something to do during your next visit?
The Bayview/Butterfly Trail features an observation platform that offers spectacular vistas of the Chesapeake Bay. Many visitors can spot high-rises in downtown Baltimore (30 miles distant) and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The Bayscape Garden demonstrates how Bay-friendly native plants and shrubs are extremely attractive to butterflies, and to visitors! The garden also attracts praying mantises. The habitat was certified as "Bay Wise" in 2007 by the Master Gardeners of Queen Anne's County. The Garden exemplifies practical and aesthetic alternatives to lawn-dominated landscapes. Loyal volunteers — including several master gardeners — tend the garden, mulch heavily, select plants for butterflies and larva, hand-pull weeds, never use pesticides, rarely spray herbicides, and rarely water (only for new plants).
The Eastern Neck Kayak Trail circumnavigates the Refuge. An informational kiosk at Bogles Wharf explains the point of departure and return. A map of the kayak trail is available at the Visitor Center.
With the help of The Friends of Eastern Neck, these attractions were designed, created, and are maintained.