What You Should Do at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

heron in water at the eastern neck national wildlife refuge

The scenic landscape of the eastern shore is not only stunning to view but fantastic for enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. One of the best and most beautiful places in Rock Hall, Maryland, for spending a day in nature is the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The 2286-acre island provides so much green space to roam and interact with. Read on to discover all the possibilities for outdoor fun this location has to offer.

Learn more about the eastern shore’s blissful wildlife, excursions, restaurants, and more in our Vacation Guide. It details all the places you need to see to have the best trip possible here in Rock Hall!


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All the Outdoor Activities at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Whether you’re embarking on a getaway or searching for a retreat in nature, this Maryland wildlife refuge provides so many things to do to complete your vacation.

Birdingbird sitting in a nest

Birding is extremely popular here on the eastern shore. So many species migrate throughout the seasons including wintering waterfowl, osprey, and songbirds. Bald eagles claim the area as their home year round, so you can always marvel at their elegant beauty. Learn more about the best time to view different birds, here.


Aside from birding, biking in Rock Hall is also one of the most popular activities in the area. There are plenty of flat roads that weave throughout the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge that make for a scenic ride! However, keep in mind that bikes are not permitted on the trails!


There are plenty of hiking and walking trails at this Maryland wildlife refuge. The online map of the island outlines every single path you need to explore! Take a look to start planning your exploration through the gorgeous greenery. If you’re staying in one of our pet-friendly accommodations, these trails are also perfect for walks with your furry friend!


Docked crabbing boats

Grab a rod and enjoy a peaceful afternoon of fishing. Docks on the refuge provide a good location to set up to catch local cobia and striped bass from the beautiful Chesapeake Bay!


The eastern shore is synonymous with crabbing. Vacationing near the pristine waters provides the perfect opportunity to learn how to crab yourself! Even more, you can rent gear for your excursion on the refuge itself.


For more adventure, rent a kayak or boat to further enjoy the Chesapeake Bay. Glide across the glassy waters to view the refuge from a whole new perspective!


There are two types of hunting on the refuge: deer hunting and turkey hunting. If you’re interested, make sure you read the rules and regulations regarding participation!

Stay with the Inn at Huntingfield CreekGrays Room

Return to the charming Gray’s Inn Room after your outing in the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Relax and unwind in the solace of the cozy window seat that provides panoramic views of our pond and Pergola Garden. You’ll feel as though you never left the outdoors! Join us and start exploring beautiful Rock Hall, Maryland.

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