Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

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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 wild ponies were amazing. The pictures we have are fantastic! We will be back when the weather is warmer. It was a warm February day so it was perfect  more »
  • You can hike, bike or hang out at the beach. No pets allowed on the refuge. From Beach road you can see ponies. Hike to see the Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Sika deer, or a variety of birds. The beach is po...  more »
  • This is our second year in a row visiting this special location. What I like about it is that there is a lot of variety. The trails are easy, which is great with a 2-year old. We can use the stroller ...  more »