Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

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National Park
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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  • The National Wildlife Refuge is beautiful-there are many easy trails to explore, or you can drive throughout the park if you're not into walking. The rangers are helpful & the two visitors centers wor...  more »
  • Great beach. Lots of hiking and/or biking trails. The lighthouse is only opened Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a great view.  more »
  • I love nature. I love horses. But do you want to pay $20 to see horses in nature, there lies the question. As I was kindly informed by the park ranger at the ticket gate, prices are going up to access...  more »