BETWEEN THE FRIENDLY STAFF…

at the Visitor Center and Bookstore, the magnificent views and the wildlife around you, your first visit to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge will be one to remember. Established on December 27th, 1962, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge hosts several different habitats, each flourishing with different types of plants, animals, migratory birds and waterfowl. Eastern Neck Island has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. You can experience it all by using our trails, taking time to bird-watch and enjoying all that the refuge has to offer.

2,785

Volunteers & Interns

1,378

Members

21

Current Projects

15

Proposed Projects

Meet our Board of Directors…

Simon started volunteering in the butterfly garden and the bookstore soon after he moved to Rock Hall in 2014. He joined the Board in 2016.  When he moved to the area he had no idea that this beautiful and peaceful place would become such an important part of his life. He became President in 2020.

 

Sue joined the board in 2017

 

My name is Melissa Baile.  I have had the pleasure of visiting Eastern Neck throughout my childhood and into adulthood.  I have been a Friends member and volunteer at the bookstore for 10 years.  I have been a member of the waterfowl survey team for 9 years, or maybe 10.  I became a board member 9 years ago and was President until the end of 2019.

 

My name is Melissa Baile.  I have had the pleasure of visiting Eastern Neck throughout my childhood and into adulthood.  I have been a Friends member and volunteer at the bookstore for 10 years.  I have been a member of the waterfowl survey team for 9 years, or maybe 10.  I became a board member 9 years ago and was President until the end of 2019.

Phil Cicconi joined the Friends and began volunteering in 1998. Phil was invited to join the board and became the Vice President in 1999. He became President in 2000 and maintained that position until he relinquished it in 2007.
Currently, Phil is again Vice President of the Friends organization. Eastern Neck has become part of both his and his wife Jackie’s lives as Jackie volunteers as the refuge bookstore manager.
 
Since coming to Rock Hall in 2003 Anne Bricker has found Eastern Neck to be the place for quiet walks, eagle spotting and kayaking.  Anne has worked at the gift shop since 2012 and been a Friends board member since 2014.  Membership in the Friends of Eastern Neck is an important way to keep this beautiful wildlife refuge open and available for everyone to enjoy.
 
Phil Cicconi joined the Friends and began volunteering in 1998. Phil was invited to join the board and became the Vice President in 1999. He became President in 2000 and maintained that position until he relinquished it in 2007.
Currently, Phil is again Vice President of the Friends organization. Eastern Neck has become part of both his and his wife Jackie’s lives as Jackie volunteers as the refuge bookstore manager.
 

Leann started volunteering at Eastern Neck soon after she moved to Rock Hall from Pennsylvania in 1997, and joined the Friends soon after it was founded. She is the treasurer and the editor of the Friends newsletter, The Rookery. She has participated in many Refuge projects over the years, from building decks and boardwalks to planting grasses and trees. The Refuge is her refuge – her peaceful, quiet place – from the crazy world outside.

Leann started volunteering at Eastern Neck soon after she moved to Rock Hall from Pennsylvania in 1997, and joined the Friends soon after it was founded. She is the treasurer and the editor of the Friends newsletter, The Rookery. She has participated in many Refuge projects over the years, from building decks and boardwalks to planting grasses and trees. The Refuge is her refuge – her peaceful, quiet place – from the crazy world outside.

Leann started volunteering at Eastern Neck soon after she moved to Rock Hall from Pennsylvania in 1997, and joined the Friends soon after it was founded. She is the treasurer and the editor of the Friends newsletter, The Rookery. She has participated in many Refuge projects over the years, from building decks and boardwalks to planting grasses and trees. The Refuge is her refuge – her peaceful, quiet place – from the crazy world outside.

FROM THE FRIENDS’ GALLERY…

To get a glimpse of what awaits at the Refuge, take a look at our gallery!

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

The Friends are here to help you discover what awaits at the Refuge.

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.

The Visitor Center is located in a restored and historic 1930’s hunting lodge. Wildlife exhibits share space with other displays that chronicle the history of the Eastern Neck Island and the Refuge.

The Friends operate the Bookstore and Giftshop. It is stocked with nature-themed articles, serious birding guides and other books, clothing, educational toys for kids of all ages, and original bird carvings donated by a member of the Friends. Income from sales is used to pay for projects and programs at the Refuge. It is staffed by dedicated volunteers who can answer most questions about the Refuge, and lend binoculars to visitors who left theirs at home. Just ask at the desk.

Bookstore Hours

April through December: 10AM – 4PM

January through March: 11AM – 3PM

With nearly nine miles of roads and trails, there is plenty to see at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

 

This trail map is courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To download and print this map, click on the PDF link below:

Trail Map for Eastern Neck NWR

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is perfect for a quick trail hike, day trip, or as a part of a journey through the Chesapeake Bay landscape.

 

The Refuge is located in Rock Hall, Maryland where the Chester River meets the Chesapeake Bay.

From Chestertown, take MD Rt. 20 to Rock Hall. At the blinking light in the center of town, turn left onto MD Rt. 445 and continue south for seven miles to Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

1730 Eastern Neck Road

Rock Hall, MD 21661