The Chincoteague/Assateague National Wildlife Refuge is heaven on earth during the off-season. This means visit it at any time but summer time when the mosquitoes will feast on you and the hotel rates will jump sky- high.
This refuge is well- maintained, well-run, and well-managed. It is also beautiful, relaxing, and peaceful. Few people are around during the off-season but the wild animals are prolific.
The famous wild horses are everywhere. If you are lucky, you can see them closely. Other animals, especially, the water fowl contribute greatly to the refuge. There are beautiful great white herons, great blue herons, egrets, Canada geese, ducks, and swans. Thrushes, hawks, and vultures fly. In the superb Visitor Center, there is a closed circuit television of an eagle with her two babies nesting in the nest. Raccoons and endangered Delmarva squirrels feed by the roads and trails while you observe them.
The trails are easy to walk. They are flat and short. You do not have to climb or clamber. It is easy walking for the young and old.
The Wildlife Loop which is closed to cars until 3 in the afternoon is wonderful. You have the 2 - 3 mile loop to yourself to stroll, observe, stop, and enjoy. What a super idea to open the loop to only pedestrians. The person who suggested and implemented this is a genius! Both man and beast can enjoy each other's company naturally.
There are beaches here! The Atlantic Ocean is on one side and sand dunes and marshes on the other side. The sand is clean and white. The water is clear and unpolluted. The seagulls swooping around and ducks bobbing on the waves keep you company and entertained. Nobody is on the beach during the off-season. You own the beach just like you own the refuge!
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