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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Birdwatching
Owner description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Attraction details
Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I could not have been more happy exploring this island. If you want to see the sights (and ponies!) Up close and personal be prepared to do some serious hiking. Tom's Cove was pretty,but packed and we weren't there for the beach. We found a band of wild ponies to watch. During our hiking we did come across 3 HUGE... More 

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North America
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Speechless at the wonder of nature do check you travel dates if you plan to visit as they close areas during hunting nesting etc . The most amazing sunsets and birdwatching . I love this best kept secret it is so special enjoy

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very nice park. Easy trail to the lighthouse. Pretty scenery. Several good spots to see the wild ponies!

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Kennett Square
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This refuge is home to wild ponies that do not live elsewhere. My friends the birders counted over 55 species of birds in the two days we were there.

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Georgetown, Delaware
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great place for short or long hikes or bike rides. The walk to the lighthouse is short, only a quarter of a mile, but the lighthouse is beautiful. The woodland trail hike is a bit longer, but you can take side trips such as the bivalve trail which ends up on the beach. Very nice.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My wife and I often visit here in the late fall, winter months for a break from the holidays. We enjoy the chance to walk / hike while checking out the wide range of birds. We seem to catch a new species every trip. In warmer weather they have many guided walks with staff that are good at helping you... More 

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San Antonio, Tx
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64 reviews 64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Saw thousands of Snow geese, 60 swans, and lots more great place to walk, bicycle, and drive in afternoons.

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long island, new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Chincoteague is densely developed, doesn't have bathing beaches, and oriented more toward visitors who want to play miniature golf and "camp out" in trailer homes. The wildlife refuge, which is actually on adjacent Assateague Island, is THE reason to go -- wild ponies, bald eagles, herons and many other bird species, etc., etc., and all within easy hikes. The refuge... More 

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Salisbury, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Love the wildlife, seashore and lighthouse! Waterfowl everywhere, great views--what's not to like? Makes for a nice day trip.

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Philadelphia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Stark beauty on wildlife refuge in winter is mixed with people, many in costume, running into the frigid Atlantic.

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