Maps of the Virginia Eastern Shore

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    Maps and Driving Directions to Virginia's Coastal Towns

    Eastern Shore of VA
    Eastern Shore of VA. Map Data © Google

    Explore the Virginia Eastern Shore, a 70-mile peninsula surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This region of Virginia known for historic towns, beaches, and beautiful natural areas.

    While Marylanders refer to the Eastern Shore as a general reference to the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed, in Virginia, the Eastern Shore is a specific area that is north of Virginia Beach. The major towns include Chincoteague, Onancock, Cape Charles and Tangier Island.

    The main road through the area is US-13.

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    Chincoteague Island

    Chincoteague Island
    Chincoteague Island. Map Data © Google

    Chincoteague Island is approximately a 4-hour drive from both Baltimore and Washington DC. The National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest population of wild ponies in the region. This area is the most popular destination on the Virginia Eastern Shore and makes a great getaway for all ages. 

    Driving Directions 

    From the Baltimore and Washington DC Area: Take US 50 East. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, continue on US 50 to Route 13 turning south. Continue on US 13 to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn left on Route 175 to Chincoteague Island.

    From the South: Take Route 13 North and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects Route 13 in Virginia Beach to Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn right on Route 175 to Chincoteague Island.

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    Onancock, VA

    Onancock, VA
    Onancock, VA. Map Data © Google

    Onancock is a small town on the Virginia Eastern Shore, located approximately 31 miles south of Chincoteague Island and 77 miles north of Virginia Beach. Onancock is about a 4-hour drive from Baltimore and Washington DC. 

    Driving Directions

    From the Baltimore and Washington DC Area: Take US 50 East. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, continue on US 50 to Route 13 turning south. Continue on US 13 to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn right on Take VA-126 W. Fairgrounds Rd to Market St. in Onancock.

    From the South: Take Route 13 North and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects Route 13 in Virginia Beach to Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn left on VA-126 W. Fairgrounds Rd to Market St. in Onancock.

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    Cape Charles

    Cape Charles, VA
    Cape Charles, VA. Map Data © Google

    Cape Charles is the southernmost town on the Virginia Eastern Shore and is located just over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It is about an hours drive from Virginia Beach. 

    Driving Directions

    From the Baltimore and Washington DC Area: Take US 50 East. Cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, continue on US 50 to Route 13 turning south. Continue on US 13 to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn right on VA-184 W. Drive to Randolph Ave/T-1112 in Cape Charles.

    From the South: Take Route 13 North and cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel connects Route 13 in Virginia Beach to Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Turn left on VA-184 W. Drive to Randolph Ave/T-1112 in Cape Charles.

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    Tangier Island

    Tangier Island, VA
    Tangier Island, VA. Map Data © Google

    Tangier Island is a small island off of the Virginia Eastern Shore. During the summer, the ferries and cruise ships visit the island each day. Dubbed the "soft shell crab capital of the world", it is a very interesting place to explore (and eat your way through). 

    The Tangier-Onancock Ferry, a fiberglass lobster boat, runs between Tangier Island and Onancock, Virginia from the first weekend of May to the end of September, and then the first weekend in October. Service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis unless you have a reservation. The crossing takes approximately one hour each way.