We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
Website
Improve this listing
96%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, National Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Owner description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Attraction details
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, National Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hotels near Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Write a Review

906 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    731
    143
    26
    2
    4
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Love this area, stunning beach, wildlife and the ponies, great places on the Island and can stay at a campground in Horntown on the mainland.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chevy
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We are bird watchers, and the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge always provides fun for us. Our February weekend was terribly cold, and we were delighted to find the snow geese all tucked up against Tom's Cove trying to stay warm. You'd think they were lumps of snow except for an occasional neck popping up to see what's going on.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

You see all kinds of wild life. Great nature trails. Beaches the you can walk forever finding seashells. My favorite part is trting to find the wild ponies

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marlton, New Jersey
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best time to go is in the early fall - most of the large crowds are gone, and the air and water are still warm! Even my teenage sons love it here! Beaches are open! Some parts of the beach are guarded, if you like that kind of thing, and the rest are available for fishing, surfing, and boogie boarding.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Coming face to face with a wild pony while riding bike was absolutely amazing. The trails were perfect for our family to ride and explore the island. The beach was unique and gave way for wonderful shell exploration.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hanover, Pennsylvania
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We drove the wildlife loop. I was able to see my first Sitka deer, snow geese, ponies, Gallardo, knuckleheads and swans. It was beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Absolutely one of the best places to visit. Awesome beach, great trails, biking, hiking, sight seeing and beautiful scenery. We loved this place and you could spend days here do cool stuff. Kids, Parents, Grandparents will find much to do and see. We went in early September and had no crowds which really made things even better.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gaylord, Michigan
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Came for the ponies loved all the birds. Visited in the winter months did not see many ponies but hundreds of birds. Great place to visit Lighthouse-Beaches-wildlife.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winchester, Virginia
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Great for winter wildlife and bird watching and PHOTOGRAPHY! Went with a class group, and enjoyed from before sun up until sunset. Lots of ponies, birds, sunsets. Will definitely return! Bathrooms are port potties, if it's cold, it's awful!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Florida Panhandle, Florida
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
50 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Take your camera with you and firm hiking trail shoes. There are excellent trails to explore. Leave your car in one of the parking lots nearby the park gate, take a deep breath and start for a 10-20 mile walk. Achieve your personal refreshment. The beach area is a overcrowded stretch of sand place where all the families go.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge also viewed

 
Chincoteague Island, VA
 

Been to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?