Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

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#1 of 100 in Wildlife in Virginia
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 5,670 hectares (14,000 acres) of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Before setting off a hike or bike ride, you can visit the educational and administrative center to pick up maps, study exhibits, and talk to staff. As you explore, keep your eyes open for the refuge's famous Chincoteague ponies. Fishing, clamming, and crabbing are all popular activities here; look for specially marked areas. Be sure to bring your bathing suit if you'd like to go swimming at the beach or Tom Cove. You can end your visit with a cozy campfire on the beach; pick up a free fire permit from the Tom Cove visitor center beforehand. If the weather is warm, remember to bring bug repellent. Discover how to plan a Chincoteague Island trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Great (and very walkable) refuge, great lines of sight from multiple directions for birdwatching. One of the most worthwhile entrance fees we've ever paid. 
    Great (and very walkable) refuge, great lines of sight from multiple directions for birdwatching. One of the most worthwhile entrance fees we've ever paid.  more »
  • We hiked through the refuge looking for the Island ponies and were not disappointed. The herd was made up of descendants of Misty of Chincoteague. Along the way we saw young Bald Eagle, beautiful... 
    We hiked through the refuge looking for the Island ponies and were not disappointed. The herd was made up of descendants of Misty of Chincoteague. Along the way we saw young Bald Eagle, beautiful...  more »
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  • Very nice place to take your friends & family that you can spend hours doing a lot of different things that doesn't cost a arm & a leg. Lots of trails to hike or ride bike's or just sit & relax & watch nature at it's best. Very highly recommend ! The Rangers are very nice & helpful also.
  • Natural beauty; what's not to love. The staff truly enjoy working there. Be sure to ask them any questions you have. Everyone we encountered was very knowledgeable.

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