Best Sea Kayaking in Virginia

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Jamestown Island


Paddle past one of the country’s foremost historic sites and see trees like oak, pine, and cypress and a thriving wildlife community with shorebirds, songbirds, turtles, otter, raccoons, and deer. Jam…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Williamsburg, VA - Sea Kayaking - 8.5 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Reedville


Take a paddle in a thriving fishing community and enjoy calm protected bays, open water, and beautiful scenery.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Reedville, VA - Sea Kayaking - 6-8 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Fleets Island


Tackle the challenge of open water to enjoy a lovely paddle around this tranquil and beautiful island.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
White Stone, VA - Sea Kayaking - 8.0 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Milford Haven/Gwynn's Island


Choose from a variety of potential routes to explore beautiful and often-empty waterways.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Diggs, VA - Sea Kayaking - 7-12 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. East River


Paddle up and down this river to enjoy peaceful scenery and potentially see dolphins.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Mathews, VA - Sea Kayaking - 5-11 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Chincoteague Island


Paddle between two pretty islands and observe herds of ponies at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Chincoteague Island, VA - Sea Kayaking - 9.5 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Onancock Creek


This picturesque paddle will take you to the shores of a peaceful nature preserve that serves as a habitat for numerous plant and animal species. Virginia’s Eastern Shore is made for kayaking. You ca…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Onancock, VA - Sea Kayaking - 8.0 nautical miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. Tangier Island


Kayak around this one-of-a-kind island to explore a place that has no cars and remains connected to its English ancestry. If Tangier Island is on your list of paddles, don’t procrastinate. This fasc…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Tangier, VA - Sea Kayaking - 2.0-8.0 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Oyster Harbor (Cape Charles)


Take a short round-trip paddle or a long one-way trip to explore nooks and crannies while observing wildlife. The boat launch in the harbor is part of Virginia Seaside Water Trail and offers access…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Cape Charles, VA - Sea Kayaking - 4.8-22.0 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge


Paddle in a place considered to be one of the most important bird migration locations on the continent.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Virginia Beach, VA - Sea Kayaking - 2.5-10.0 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. First Landing State Park-Virginia Beach


Paddle in the Atlantic Ocean along the Virginia Beach shoreline to get a view of dolphins or enjoy the calmer waters of a pair of bays. Experienced paddlers can launch into the mouth of the Chesapeak…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Virginia Beach, VA - Sea Kayaking - 11.7-19 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge


Bask in the peacefulness of this remote wildlife refuge and enjoy seeing hundreds of species of birds.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic"
Virginia Beach, VA - Sea Kayaking - 7.4-12.6 nautical mi
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books