The southernmost island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, also known as #1 Island or One Island on the Bay, closed to the public on September 30, 2017, as island construction commenced for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel.
The restaurant and gift shop will be closed permanently; however, the fishing pier will be reconstructed and reopen to the public upon completion of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel in 2023.
Virginia Originals has opened a small gift shop within the North Toll Plaza Rest Area and Welcome Center and welcomes travelers to stop in and browse for that unique gift or perfect memento.
Travelers may stop to stretch their legs and enjoy scenic views of this engineering marvel and the Chesapeake Bay from the Scenic Overlook, located at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore at Wise Point.
To learn more about the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project, click here.