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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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This is a great place to visit. It has something for everybody. Lots of trails that anyone can navigate. You need to always be on the lookout for the many birds and animals in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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343 reviews 343 reviews
48 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit. It has something for everybody. Lots of trails that anyone can navigate. You need to always be on the lookout for the many birds and animals in the area. You can also go to the beach if the weather is nice.

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Snellville, Georgia, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and peaceful. Many happy birds. Loved the wild ponies. A nice switch from being in Washington DC for 4 days.

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Ripon, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I've always wanted to see the land where Misty roamed. It is beautiful, peaceful, and quiet. It was very cold but the ponies were grazing. The shoreline and marshes were in quiet solitude. The birds were in abundance. A lovely experience!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Saw Chincoteague ponies, Snowey & Great Egrets, Great Blue Herring, ducks and birds including a Bald Eagle. We loved seeing all of the wildlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The visitors center is great and we particularly liked the Wild Krats movie. Having designated biking trails makes biking much more relaxing and safe for children and grandparents alike. We have only been in the off season so we have never encountered crowds. The Refuge has enough variation in wildlife to be interesting any time of the year. And of... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It was cold and I didn't like that. I liked that the people were short. But now I have to type lots of random words and junk janks to take up space. If you have read this I am truly sorry.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

There are many trails to walk or bicycle. Yes, you see ponies, but you will also see deer, birds and a variety of other flora and fauna. Allow 3 hours as a minimum. Stop at the Visitor Center first, tell the ranger how much time you have, and ask him/her to recommend the trails and stops. What a variation of... More 

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located at the end of Chincoteague Island, actually on Assateague Island...it is where the wild ponies live. We took advantage of the many paved bike trails that you will find in the park. There is so much wildlife to see, besides ponies! Birds, fox squirrels, turtle, raccoon, and ponies. During certain times, you can also... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We loved the Woodland Trail hike. We lucked out and saw wild ponies running across the marsh from the observation deck. Magical

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Lots of bird life, many pony sightings and no crowds. The park rangers had time to answer questions in detail. The eagle cam was popular, but we were still able to view the baby eaglets for a while, again, no crowds. Displays inside the wildlife center were interesting, informative and fun.

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