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Fax: 757-331-3424
5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles, VA  23310                                        

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  On 752 acres at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, this refuge is a congregating point for migratory birds and butterflies to feed before continuing their journey.  The 294 species of birds change with the seasons.

PARKING:  2 wheelchair accessible parking spaces.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND PARK/ATTRACTION:  Concrete walkway from parking lot.  Paved parking lot.  Paths are fine gravel in refuge area, do not have steep grades which would require assistance for persons in wheelchairs.

ENTRANCE TO VISITOR CENTER:  Front of building.  Entry doors, 30 in. wide, easily open out with 12 in. pull handle located 36 in. above floor.  All on one level.   

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Left of entrance.  Doors 35 in. wide,  open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 34 in. wide doors opening in, handrails.  19 in. toilet seat height, 10 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height is 32 in.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.

For guests with hearing disabilities, written scripts available.  5 videos with closed captioning.
For guests with visual disabilities, there is a touch table with natural artifacts, a brochure in braille and documents in large print on non-glossy surface.  
For guests with mobility disabilities,accessible trail is 1/2 mile long.  Wildlife trail is accessible and winds through a World War II bunker.  This trail goes from a marsh habitat to woodlands and includes an overlook of the salt marsh for bird watching.  Photo blind with ramp overlooking pond for photography opportunities.  In the visitor center habitat exhibits have “peepholes”, accessible to wheelchair users.  Touch table is 30 in. off floor with knee room for wheelchair users.  Observation window overlooking water has telescope and binoculars.  Displays are 40 in. and have clear glass.  Auditorium has 36 in. wide doors.  

GIFT SHOP:  Aisles are 7 ft. wide.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  No admission fee.  Hours of operation:  Visitor Center 9-4, Refuge, sunrise to sunset.  White-tailed deer available for archers and gun hunting.  Call for information.

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