Healthy Walks

Eastern Shore Healthy Communities

Eastern Shore Healthy Communities sign
Eastern Shore Healthy Communities' signs clearly mark the walking trails. This one is in Eastville.  

Eastern Shore Healthy Communities (ESHC) is a community partnership that "imagines a healthier Eastern Shore emerging from livable communities where children and adults have healthy eating choices at home, school and work; walk and bicycle safely; play or exercise outdoors, in neighborhood parks, trails, and open spaces; and enjoy a tobacco-free community." 

One of their initiatives was to create walking trails with signage on existing sidewalks or paths to encourage residents to get out and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the communities in which they live. 

"Eastern Shore Healthy Communities is a partnership of organizations working together to do something no organization can do by themselves: create a healthier Eastern Shore. "

Why Walk?

Father and daughter take a walk down a trail.

"Walking is a natural way to get from one place to another, yet today’s lifestyle has us riding in cars or sitting in front of computers. So get up, take a walk, and improve your health. Walking lowers risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. It may help you lose weight and will add years to your life. Also, when you walk you’re more likely to see your neighbors, breathe fresh air, or learn about nature, history or your neighborhood. So walk your dog, grab a friend, or take your family on a walk. You’ll look and feel so much better."

-from Eastern Shore Healthy Communities

8 Easy Walks

There are eight easy walks on the Eastern Shore, three of them in Northampton County in the towns of Nassawadox, Eastville and Cape Charles.

 Maps and information can be found in a handy brochure created by ESHC which details the different trails and the distance walked on each.  Look for these at information kiosks in the County Administration building.  More information can be found  at Eastern Shore Healthy Communities.  You can also track your distance, elevation and analyze your training data on Map My Run
Each of those maps have been provided below for your convenience. 


Eastville fitness course and picnic area

A .5 mile casual walk takes you around the Northampton County Complex. There is also a free fitness course which takes you through 10 stations of different exercise routines. A picnic area is provided in the nearby shade. 

Eastville Northampton County Complex Walking Trail

Fitness course and picnic area
Course 1


Marathon shoes
Photo via Creative Commons

A 1.61 mile loop, with two extensions, one to the west end of the sidewalk on Rogers Drive (0.5 mile) and the other on Pine Avenue to the athletic fields of the Randy Custis Memorial Park (0.36 mile).

For more information about this loop please visit, Nassawadox Walking Trail

 Cape Charles 


Cape Charles Walking Trail
Well lit, wide sidewalks take you around scenic Cape Charles. 

A 1.44 mile walk through Victorian town streets and the town park, most of which is on town sidewalks. About 0.4 mile is along the Chesapeake Bay beachfront and about 0.3 mile is through the business district. 

Trail through Central Park
Part of the trail takes you through Cape Charles Central Park. 

Cape Charles beach trail
.3 miles of the trail takes you down Bay Ave on the Chesapeake Bay beachfront.


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu