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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague/Chincoteague, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-336-6122
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks, Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Traveler Description: Chincoteague NWR, is a hidden gem that is getting more and more known.  It is almost the only natural beach left on the coast of Virginia.  There in... more »
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Charleston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I've been going to Chincoteague off and on for twenty years. I like that it isn't a crowded as Ocean City and has all of the wildlife. They cut off the showers right before i rinsed off on my last visit but that was the only negative during my last visit. The is an entrance fee but they allow military... More

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Shenandoah Valley Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Wild Ponies! Wild Ponies! Wild Ponies! Very cool. Also a great beach with clean sand and easy parking! Several great hiking trails, but DO NOT FORGET INSECT SPRAY, as they can be overwhelming in some areas of the trails. The lighthouse climb is not too bad, and does have wonderful views at the top.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There is so much one could write about the Chincoteague Isalnd Wildlife Refuge, but for the review I'm going to concentrate on the BEACH. To get to the beach here, you have to pay $8 dollars for a day pass. After seeing how clean this place is and lack of trash and other man-made evidence you will agree that $8... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

liked Captain Dan's around the island tour 2.5 hrs. wildlife,horses,and some history.scenic. Disliked sometimes it gets traffic congested in town.

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Rochester, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The refuge is a must visit if you plan a vacation to Eastern Virginia. Hiking and biking trails (one trail even opens up to cars after 5 pm) are uncrowded, peaceful and you can see wildlife up close. The beach is unspoiled and a short hike will bring you to unpopulated stretches of warm sand. A 5 mile stroll down... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Loved the wildlife, trails, lighthouse and beach. BUT there is only 1 water fountain on the entire island, and that is all the way at the visitors center.

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Warren, New Jersey, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We spent two days here, went on the bus tour, which is wonderful. Recommend to book early. We rent the bikes and rode to the beach while the public parking was full. The beach we accessed by biking was less crowded and it was so nice!

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USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The beach is beautiful and we really liked that there were bathrooms, changing rooms and outside showers.

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Clinton Corners, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Gorgeous, lots to see. There is a night time beach walk which was very interesting and it was exciting to be on the beach in the dark.

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Albany NY
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Awesome beach, very clean, easy access to clean restrooms. Awesome interactive museum and lots of programs with friendly staff.

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