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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: , Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
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6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Relaxing Walk or Bike

Very nice paths to walk and bicycle and you're bound to see lots of beautiful birds and wildlife....and if you keep your eyes peeled....there are ponies of course.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very nice paths to walk and bicycle and you're bound to see lots of beautiful birds and wildlife....and if you keep your eyes peeled....there are ponies of course.

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Bellerose, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I hiked in the refuge in the afternoon. We received a map with our paid admission. $8 a day or $15 for a weekly pass. We bought the weekly pass and went to the beach during the week. The trails are clearly marked and the map was easy to follow. The beach was beautiful and lifeguards were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

LOVED this area. Saw some horses although non up close and personal as suggested by ad photos. Beach is stunning. We did not go to the light house because we were deterred by mosquitoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Our first trip to Chincoteague, specifically to see the points. This was a great little town, reminding us of a Bar Harbor or small scale Newport. Plenty of attractions for the family, including mini-golf, ice cream spots, boat tours and don't miss the NASA visitor center just outside of town, really a must see for kids. Next time we may... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Bike, hike, picnic, or save a cowboy and ride a horse. If you go to the beach to get away this is the beach for you. No need yo run up to a bathroom. Their latrines are room and clean. Amateur photographers will enjoy many wildlife photo ops with professions elbow to elbow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The refuge offers superior photo opportunities. There are many beautiful trails, with birds of many kind, deer and look closer for the fox squirrel. Catch a glimpse of the wild ponies. At one special spot I (won't mention) for the safety reasons look for the oldest and most gracious great blue heron in the refuge I'm aware of. Then there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Didn't see many wildlife. Restricted hours for tour. Can drive it in a few minutes

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Bayville, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We came to the island mainly to see the ponies. We took a tour by boat (Assatiague Explorer). It lasted two LONG hours and we did not see a single horse! Their advertisement states very clearly that in this trip you will see the wild life, dolphins and the ponies. We were very disappointed and they should have a disclaimer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Always beautiful, always worth an hour or three on bikes. We've been coming to Chincoteague/Assateague for over 20 years - never get tired of the island, the beach, the eagles, the lighthouse (OK, the mosquitoes at he lighthouse can go!), the ponies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the nature center (nice exhibits, and loved the front porch rocking chairs), and got some helpful advice there about the various nature trails. We'd read plenty about the ferocity of the island mosquitoes, but we didn't believe the hype. A few steps into our hike, doused with natural non-DEET repellent, we began to hear the distinctive buzzing in... More 

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