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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-336-6122
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This place just goes back in time. Once you visit, you will want to go back again and again!Can't wait to go back again!

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Spring Lake, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great adventure, wildlife abounds. We loved the visitor center, seeing the birds and ponies and spending time on the beach looking for shells. A wonderful place.

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River Forest, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent two days at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The rangers in the visitors center were extremely helpful. The beach is beautiful and everything (trails, facilities, roadways) is very well maintained. We were able to attend one of the two days of the Spring pony roundup. The ponies, which could be seen in various places throughout... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

While smaller than many of its national park counter parts (technically, it's a refuge, not a park), the Chincoteague Refuge is no less spectacular. This is our fourth trip to the island. Each time we come, we are blown away by the beauty of Assateague Island. We've now been here in spring, summer and autumn. Each season offers its own... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you are a nature lover, this place is for you. Unspoiled open areas for the wild horses of Chincoteague and Assateague to roam. We spent 4 days on Chincoteague Island and each day was spent here looking at the horses. Fabulous!! If you visit in the summer, please bring insect repellent (tons of mosquitos and deer flies, yuck!) The... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The refuge is a great place to learn about the wildlife and ponies on the island. They also have a CCTV camera on the eagle's nest so the public can watch them.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I wish the Assateague Island light house was opened year-round. Love the trails, the beach and the two information centers. The Toms Cove NPS site has a great "touch tank" for kids.

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Durham, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Only complaint is the wildlife loop is closed most of the day. But hey...the ducks gotta sleep too! Be sure to see the eagles nest. But watch out, daddy Eagle is watching you too...

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Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We are off-season beach people. We just visited last week after a snow storm. It was beautiful! There was a pony literally three feet away from us on the wildlife loop. While you cannot count on seeing certain things on every trip, after you visit a few times, you will learn where to find certain nests and habitats. Eagles and... More

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Due to the "nature" of the refuge you never know what you're going to see. On the first day, I saw about a dozen of the wild ponies, grazing, from about 50 yards away. Then for the next 2 days, nothing. The beach is always awesome, this time of year even more so because there are no crowds or mosquitoes.... More

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