Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island
(4.6/5 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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  • We spent a lot of time on the nature loop and out on the beach. The nature trails are very nice as well. They are redoing some roads right now so expect a few delays 
  • The refuge has it all: wildlife, trails, the beach. We came mid-November for a scenic getaway. Brought our bikes and it was perfect. Drive your car all the way to the beach for the sunrise. It is beau...  more »
  • This is a nature lovers dream. Great opportunities to see egrets, herons, ducks, geese up close. Chincoteague's famous ponies may be seen if your lucky. We went in October so the bugs weren't too bad....  more »
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  • Extremely rude/unfriendly front entrance employee, no ponies, walked a trail that was swarming with mosquitoes. Even with bug spray I had over 30 bites. It was beautiful and the beach looked nice, but that wasn't why we went. Construction on the lot we tried to go to, so we walked a lot further than planned (resulting in a foot blister). $8/car was reasonable and the hot & humid weather in October wasn't their fault, but I don't intend on coming back.
  • More training at front gate..he seems like we wants to be any place else. Have to agree,his attitude was a direct contrast to the beauty of the refuge. Ignore him..see the beauty!
  • The staff was so friendly and helpful. The was great place to visit, yes it cost money to get into this National Wildlife Refuge, but it is worth it. We was able to see the Chincoteague ponies, which was awesome. We ended up riding all the way to the end of the beach road. This was an amazing place, very peaceful.
  • 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.