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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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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The two hour bus tour is given daily at 10 am. Advance reservations are recommended, and arrive early. Our bus was completely full. We saw lots of ponies on our tour (including a group which enjoyed circling our bus in a leisurely fashion) as well as many birds, including an eagle. The narrator helpfully passed out pictures with information about... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Good roads with plenty of pull-off viewing sites, other trails which have to be walked or biked. That is where you need the insect repellant...the mosquitoes cover you as soon as you step out of the car, in the woods. Another visitor told me she had also encountered tics. You're fine if you go prepared. We went after Labor Day,... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A friend and I decided to check out Chincoteague and we did several activities. The Wildlife Refuge was the first thing to do on our list. The brochures are located online so we printed it out and decided which trail we would walk in the morning. I think it's $8 per car to get in but we went on Saturday... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you can stand the mosquitos, or get there when they're not around, the refuge is beautiful. The paved wildlife loop, which most visitors go around in cars or bikes, presents some beautiful views of marshland, and in late September many beautiful white egrets. If you plan on walking, be prepared for mosquitos with face netting or spray.

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Atlantic, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The best part of the National Wildlife Refuge is the beach. The beach and bathing in the surf is as good as it gets! The parking lot is right along the beach so you don't have to walk block to get to the ocean. That's important when you are carrying a beach bag, umbrella, chair and a small cooler. The... More

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Make sure you visit the wildlife loop after 3pm. Make sure you bring a camera and bug spray if you plan to get out of the car

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Croton on Hudson, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place!, we biked around, no crowds in middle of September. Tons of wildlife, horses, many different bird species. Beware the bugs, killer with out bug spay. The beach is awesome, no venders or tacky shops, just beautiful. Nice sized waves, undertow was manageable. I'm used to swimming in ri, this water being so warm was a pleasure!

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We come hereto go bird watching and most of the time you see a good variety of birds. The staff in the center are very informative and willing to answer any questions and advise where to go see the most birds.

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Uhrichsville, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We visit every day by bicycle while we are in Chincoteague. We love the Bikers/Hikers Beach, climbing to the top of the Assateague Light, visiting Tom's Cove Visitors' Center and the Bateman Center as well. The pony bus tours are awesome too!

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Spring Glen, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Very few people at this time of year.Able to ride bikes with no congestion.Loved the bike trails and being able to observe wildlife.Parked our bikes in the racks and walked over to the ocean.Saw a pod of dolphins.

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