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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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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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Great beach!

Beautiful days on the beach and walking through the trails. Lots of beach to walk or you can hit the trails.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Salisbury, Maryland
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Salisbury, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful days on the beach and walking through the trails. Lots of beach to walk or you can hit the trails.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Been here a couple of times and always a treat to see the wild horses and do some bird watching from the trails or roadways.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We spent a late winter/early spring weekend in Chincoteague and were delighted by the National Wildlife Refuge. We enjoy hiking and walking and though we covered the paved trails what we really loved was the beach. The beach on Assateague is wide and full of natural beauty. We walked for hours and barely saw anyone, and found plenty of shells... More 

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FALLS CHURCH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We backpacked through the refuge enroute to camp at Assateague Island National Seashore which is managed by the Park Service. You cannot camp in the wildlife refuge, which is a shame; there are beautiful piney areas managed only for hunters in the fall and winter. We love the area. Think it's crazy that you have to get permit from the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Quiet in the off season. The beach is long and beautiful. We hiked some of the trails and saw birds we had never seen before. Our goal was to see the wild ponies, which we did!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

If you are driving through, then it does cost money per day or weekly for a pass. However, bike riding through here is a must - you can even bike all the way to the beach and park. Also, climb to the top of the lighthouse if it's open! Hopefully you will see wild horses, but definitely a lot of... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Fine seashore with a herd of wild ponies that have been on the island for 300 years.You'll see gulls, fishing hawks and the occasional bald eagle too.

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Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Can't wait to explore all of the trails, due to the weather we were only able to make it as far as Tom's Cove, which was absolutely beautiful!

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Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Natural beauty at its finest. Explore the trails. See how many different kinds of birds you can identify. Look for the famed ponies. Check out the live Eagle-cam at the Bateman visitor's center. Take a short hike to Assateague Lighthouse. Relax and breath in fresh air under the loblolly pines. Walk or bike and work up an appetite for a... More 

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Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Love the Eastern Shore especially Chincoteague Island and the parks and waterways. Spent a week in the area, touring the parks and beaches, chattering a cruise boat to explore the sounds and creeks around the island and most importantly sampling their splendid salty oysters! This is a small and dwindling part of the Virginia coast that is still authentic and... More 

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