"Cape Charles and surrounds" Cape Charles by jelw

Cape Charles Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 13 photos

First National Water Trail

"Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation..." So said Captain John Smith. Cape Charles is home to part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national water trail in the United States. The trail follows 1608 voyage by John Smith to chart the land and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. Cape Charles recently celebrated the anniversary of his arrival on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia.

This unique trail may be accessed in small part by land but primarily it is a water trail accessed by boat. So how do you follow in Captain Smith's wake? By interactive buoys which can be accessed by cell or internet.


The photo shows a replica of the "shallop" from which Capt John and his crew mapped coastal Eastern Shore and its tributaries. We were fortunate enough to be at the town wharf in time to see this amazing little vessel.

Food and Fun in Cape Charles

You have a choice of a number of different eateries in town. There are a few that offer entertainment as well. Cape Charles also features the Palace Theater, a grand old deco theater lovingly restored and lavishly active.

Bay side beauty

A wonderful small beach front town.
Seen here is the "Ride for MS" as we took a break from or fund raising drive in Cape Charles.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small, rural beachfront town
  • Cons:Closed on Mondays
  • In a nutshell:Once a virtual ghost town now a burgeoning beachside
  • Last visit to Cape Charles: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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