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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Cool place to see ponies.

Was given Federal Park lifetime pass when the Ranger realized I was disabled and refunded my week... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Marty H
Beautiful beach to walk and to go shelling

Lovely beach to walk. After stopping at the Tom's Cove visitors center, drive past the center to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kim H
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Reviewed yesterday

Was given Federal Park lifetime pass when the Ranger realized I was disabled and refunded my week pass $20. Be sure to have plenty of bug spray more mosquitoes then I ever encountered and I live in Cape May County NJ in woods. Also encountered...More

Thank Marty H
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely beach to walk. After stopping at the Tom's Cove visitors center, drive past the center to park. Most people stay within the immediate beach area. I prefer to get some exercise walking a few miles toward the hook. Some pretty good shelling can be...More

Thank Kim H
Reviewed yesterday

Amazing and beautiful place to view wildlife! Just watch out for the mosquitoes depending on what time of year you visit.

Thank 1happykat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We got a map with the trails marked from our hotel, rented bicycles from a nearby shop, and enjoyed riding through the wildlife refuge last Saturday morning. It has lots of good paths and the scenery is so peaceful and beautiful. Saw a few ponies...More

Thank twodillmans
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed birding and hiking at the refuge. Lots to see and do. Rangers very knowledgeable and helpful. Some visitors don't remember that this is a Reserve so disappointed by some behavior. Overall, a great place to see what our shores should look like.

Thank PittsburghConsultant
Reviewed 4 days ago

In addition to the legendary Chincoteague ponies, the bird watching, the crabbing, and the nature walks, the beach constitutes miles of clean sand and beautiful water

Thank LoveTravel065
Reviewed 5 days ago

Clamming, surfing, swimming, pony watching, lighthouse climbing, nature walking. Make sure to bring your camera, when you drive by the marshes look for the ponies.... make sure to bring your bug spray since it is the marshes and mosquitoes are abundant and also your sun...More

Thank emichal611
Reviewed 5 days ago

Always a great place to visit, lots of trails to explore, the lighthouse, the ponies and wiildlife. Nice beach on the ocean. We were going to hike quick couple of trails, but we're met by a wall of mosquitoes which put a damper on that!...More

Thank ccquohog
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed hiking around, but not the dozens of mosquito bites we got. These things are ridiculous! We would stop the car and these little buggers would be swarming the windows waiting for us to get out. The beach was better as the ocean breeze...More

Thank Jfk08865
Reviewed 6 days ago

Expecting to see A LOT of ponies, but we only saw 6 or 7 at a distance, which was fine for us. The park ranger told us they were penned in two separate locations and there are apprx 89 ponies. Beautiful beach and lighthouse.

Thank ddevillers2016
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Janice H
25 August 2017|
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Response from lisajulia | Reviewed this property |
No, i don't think dogs are allowed in the Refuge.
7 July 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
16 June 2017|
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Response from Torontotimes | Reviewed this property |
Woodland trail to sight the ponies. Light house trail is a must to get atop the Light House . Marsh trail. Please dont forget your bug spray. The mosquitoes are huge and get to you real fast