Birding & Wildlife Trails

Great Egret on shoreline of Mobjack Bay
Great Egret on Mobjack Bay shoreline. – Photo by Janice Vogel

Birding and wildlife enthusiasts are in heaven here in Mathews. In most cases, it’s just you and the wildlife, along with the sights and sounds of the waterfront of course. Generally speaking, wildlife is everywhere and no matter where you stay or where you visit, you’re most likely going to encounter a furry or feathered friend along the way.

You're gonna want this!
You’re gonna want this!

The following list of trails are part of the Mathews Blueways Trail system and have been formatted for web reference. An updated guide to our trails & waterways is available at the Visitor’s Center. We strongly encourage you to pick one up if you’re planning to explore the many trails & waterways of Mathews County. Either way, study the detail links provided below and use common sense when out on the water, it can get tricky out there.

tern on dock ropePiankatank River Trail

Almost 19 miles of osprey, herons, and bald eagles along the northern shoreline of Mathews County on the Piankatank River. Launching points at Stampers Bay Wharf and Twigg Ferry Landing.
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Milford Haven / Gwynn’s Island Trail

20+ miles beginning at the Gwynn’s Island bridge at Milford Haven. Multiple launching points and trail sections combining creeks, and seasonally busier sections of open water.
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Winter Harbor / Horn Harbor Trail

Marshes, estuaries, and open bay cruising along 22 miles of shoreline including harbors and area beaches. Multiple launch points including Bethel and Haven beaches.
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New Point Comfort Trail

Cruise around the southern tip of the county for an up close view of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse. Launch points at New Point Comfort Landing, Davis Creek Landing and Doctors Creek Landing.
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East River Trail

Two excellent launch sites and almost 14 miles of trails with creeks, small bays and quiet coves along the upper and lower areas of the East River. Grand views of historic homes, and sites.
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