Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

Categories: National Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 5,670 hectares (14,000 acres) of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Before setting off a hike or bike ride, you can visit the educational and administrative center to pick up maps, study exhibits, and talk to staff. As you explore, keep your eyes open for the refuge's famous Chincoteague ponies. Fishing, clamming, and crabbing are all popular activities here; look for specially marked areas. Be sure to bring your bathing suit if you'd like to go swimming at the beach or Tom Cove. You can end your visit with a cozy campfire on the beach; pick up a free fire permit from the Tom Cove visitor center beforehand. If the weather is warm, remember to bring bug repellent. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Chincoteague Island holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Any time of year is the perfect time to visit The Island. There is lots of Migratory bird activity, and I grew up on the Shore so the Marsh Mud smells like heaven to me. The mosquitos are horrendous t...  read more »
  • We beat the rainstorm and got to see the refuge, ponies and very few birds. What a treat to be able to drive along the beach and see the ocean! That was new to us. There have been several improvements...  read more »
  • We found ponies right after driving into the park! We spent time watching them before heading to the beach, which was peaceful and gorgeous. Walked along the beach and just relaxed. This time of year ...  read more »
  • So beautiful went there for almost my whole childhood, the pony's and all the wildlife are great. Clean beach, and lots to do
  • My brother who is blind forgot his Golden Access Card, we explained it to the lady at the entrance of the park and showed to her his DMV permanent handicap car tag, she said that he should have it with him to avail the free entrance, so we just paid the $15 entrance fee for the week. However, when we went to the Assateague National Park, again we explained at the entrance that he had forgotten his Golden Access card, he was just given a Golden Access Card and we were not asked to pay the $20 entrance fee. It is not the hardship with the money but it is one of the difficulties people with disabilities faces everyday. Life is already hard enough for people with dissabilities and it is even harder when people or rules make it so difficult for them to enjoy simple leisure in life such as going to a park.
  • Lovely Bird and Horse viewing on island and Museum has lots to check out including activities for children.
  • Very scenic place on Assateague Island. Nice, clean beaches, scenic wildlife trails, wild ponies, and also can see the Assateague Lighthouse. Make sure to bring bug repellent as there are a lot of bugs, especially on the wildlife trail.
  • Amazing day trip to take. Great part of the eastern shore
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