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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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One of our favorite plalces

We have gone here many many times. We love the visitors center, the wildlife loops and the beach... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hampton, Virginia
Water fowl heaven!

We love to visit theNWR at this time of year. There is an abundance of water fowl and very few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathie D
Edinburg, Virginia
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (140 reviews)
“bug spray” (163 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (68 reviews)
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have gone here many many times. We love the visitors center, the wildlife loops and the beach. We usually rent bikes and ride the big loop when there are no cars and go ride another one while we are there. The beach is great....More

Thank VAmotorcyclecouple
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love to visit theNWR at this time of year. There is an abundance of water fowl and very few visitors. The information center is open from 10 to 4 most days. It is so peaceful to just sit in the car and observe the...More

1  Thank Kathie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love coming here. It's a peace of heaven. Having a special needs child it was always difficult to be out for long periods of time. Since we bought the OSV permit he spends hours up and down the beach since the beach isn't crowded...More

1  Thank dottie78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very nice area and a wonderful place for the birding enthusiast . Wonderful groomed trails and a beautiful beach. We had a fantastic family day.

1  Thank Susan F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The refuge has an amazing array of wildlife that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. From wild horses and sika deer to eagles and waterfowl to all kinds of marine life, Chincoteague and Assateague Islands have it all.

1  Thank Kudu40
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ever since my wife was a child she wanted to see the wild horses that she read about...Misty. It was well worth the drive as the scenary and wildlife was great. You need a National park Pass, but they can be purchased upon entrance to...More

Thank Bradley A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The weekend we were there, a unanticipated mosquito swarm was an issue post nor'easter/hurricane events offshore. Center had plenty of repellent for visitors. We were able to view many ponies and fowl from roadside. Once we passed to marshes and reached the beach, mosquitos were...More

Thank S519BAelizabetht
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have always wanted to check the beach out during the winter time. It was very beautiful to see everything with Snow. The ponies were out. It was free to get on since no one was at the check-in booth. If you...More

2  Thank Kate M
Reviewed January 11, 2018

great place for peace and quiet. not the hustle of some parks. Relaxing drive to do some birding and photography or hiking. Ride your bike or just take a walk. Ponies and birds even some deer.

Thank pzipp67
Reviewed January 3, 2018

My daughter and I recently visited on Christmas day. As soon as we got to the island she wanted to see ponies. When we got onto the refuge we were soon met by Riptides band on Beach road. To see the delight in my daughter's...More

Thank YayaQueenBee
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Charles S
February 18, 2018|
Response from HRHIII | Reviewed this property |
I am really not sure but I imagine it would be at least 9or 8 in the summer. CK with them on Google
Janice H
August 24, 2017|
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Response from lisajulia | Reviewed this property |
No, i don't think dogs are allowed in the Refuge.
July 7, 2017|
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Response from jake835 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, from our observation there appeared to be lifeguards during certain time frames but it's probably best to call the park. Also, it was a very lovely site, families, with and without umbrellas,kids, young people, oldsters... More