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 love to visit theNWR at this time of year. There is an abundance of water fowl and very few visitors. The information center is open from 10 to 4 most days. It is so peaceful to just sit in the car...  more »
  • We love coming here. It's a peace of heaven. Having a special needs child it was always difficult to be out for long periods of time. Since we bought the OSV permit he spends hours up and down the bea...  more »
  • This was a very nice area and a wonderful place for the birding enthusiast . Wonderful groomed trails and a beautiful beach. We had a fantastic family day.  more »
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