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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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We have been coming here for decades; always in the Fall or Spring to bird watch. This is a premium... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mike O
Roanoke, Virginia
Wildlife did not disappoint. Eagles, herons, egrets, ponies, deer many more

Many nice trails to bike or hike. Benches to sit and observe. Porta potties along the way. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MaryAnn H
York, Pennsylvania
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a really beautiful and wonderful national park! A short drive from Chincoteague town, ( 5 minutes). The usual Nat Park fee is payable, but this lasts all day. The park has two really good visitor centres, which are well worth stopping at. You can...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been coming here for decades; always in the Fall or Spring to bird watch. This is a premium place for birding. During this 5-day visit we walked every trail in the wildlife refuge and noted the continual process of vegetation change; many stands...More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many nice trails to bike or hike. Benches to sit and observe. Porta potties along the way. Very enjoyable.

Thank MaryAnn H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit the National Wildlife Refuge in every season, including winter, but fall is our favorite. There is hiking and biking for the active. If you have a less mobile person also, there is also the bus tour of further ends of the island for...More

Thank Patricia N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the only way to experience Chincoteague Island. There is a $20per car pass good for the whole week. There you can visit the Lighthouse, a museum and the beach. The scenery is beautiful and you can glimpse wild horses grazing in the marshes....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Working lighthouse, lovely beaches, wooded walks, wild ponies, lots of wading birds and a variety of gulls and terns. Marshes and sea views. Great also for kayaking.

Thank Holly C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to go wether you just want to go to the beach, walk,bicycle or climb the lighthouse!! So much to see and enjoy the surroundings! Don’t forget to see the Cincoteague ponies!! That’s definitely a must! Beaches always kept up well...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chincoteague Refuge is just a gem of the coast. It is very remote, so not crowded and lots to do. See the wild ponies, eagles and drive on the beach. Recommend bicycles (which we will do next visit).

Thank Chris E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Maryland part of Assateague Island which is just basically a beach that is not as busy as Ocean City. The Virginia side of the island which is attached to the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge is much more picturesque and enjoyable. There...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful refuge on the ocean, but you spend more time on the inland. Rode the bicycle around, saw the wild ponies, lighthouse, bald eagles, wonderful open fields, and then stopped at the beach for a dip.

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July 20, 2018|
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Response from T5852AG-Dennis | Reviewed this property |
Any bug spray, the time we visited the breeze came off the ocean, the flies where not bad, but when inland if you walk through the grass, beware of the flies. Getting around we drove, several times I saw a trolley going to... More
June 12, 2018|
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Response from ronsray | Reviewed this property |
The ponies are always there