Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

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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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  • It's a great place for a family trip with lots to see, learn about and do in the Refuge. We were there for the birding but we saw lots of ponies too. It's a great place for biking.  more »
  • This place is amazing! My husband and I got a week long pass and went nearly every day. We saw all kinds of wildlife including the ponies. We spent several days beach combing and found some interestin...  more »
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  • I had an AWESOME experience here! I've never been to Chincoteague before and it's been something I've wanted to do since I was in elementary school. I was told I probably wouldn't get to see the ponies because it was the wrong time of year for them. But God graced me with the COOLEST experience because I saw them and actually got to walk around with them for a few minutes. Absolutely LOVED it!! Thanks be to God
  • Beautiful wildlife reserve. We were able to see several horses on the trail. There are waking and bike trails. We also visited the information centers. The staff was kind and informative. We came during off season but there were programs going on. There are tanks with clams, Oysters, mussel, etc that you could touch. Trails are beautiful and relaxing. Definitely a must see on the island.

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