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. Discover how to plan a Chincoteague Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • We first came to the refuge in 1987 and have been back as often as possible since then, It is so peaceful, beautiful and serene. The pine bark beetles have taken a toll on the woodlands again but you ...  more »
  • In Sept. we visited once or twice a day at the Refuge. When you stop on Beach Road, you do so because you see other cars stopped. Why??? To see Nature at its Best. The Ponys are so Beautiful! They roa...  more »
  • This refuge was very good. The roads are paved , There was easy reading signs to tell you which direction to go. tHe visitors center was real nice and very informative  more »

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Where to stay in Chincoteague Island

Long-term visitors can rent one of the many vacation homes that dot the island. For a short stay, hotels and bed and breakfasts are located on the shore and in the small town center on the island.
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