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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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“bug spray”(171 reviews)
“beautiful beach”(78 reviews)
Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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All reviews visitor center bug spray beautiful beach wild ponies hiking trails wildlife refuge the loop beach area bird watching great place to visit tom's cove light house nature center bus tour off season natural beauty bald eagles
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Enjoy the wildlife, slow down and look around. The horses are beautiful. If you can take some time to sit back quietly you can find many different types of birds who enjoy posing in the sun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank backroadnav
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful beaches and hikes--definitely go in the off season.We saw the horses but they were the least impressive part of the day. Some of the hikes are really easy--literally on paved roads, and great for biking.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank zzzjeanczz
Reviewed 6 days ago

Always something different to see regardless of time or season, but I love early spring at dawn and dusk. Your drive through is limited until 3 pm each day to give the wildlife some peace, but you can walk or bicycle through at anytime. Walk...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank meanderingcamera
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are lots of trails along with a couple of visitor centers. You can walk to the lighthouse where you might get a glimpse of a pony! Bring binoculars! There is also a beach where you can go walking. This is an absolutely gorgeous area...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Karensreview48155904
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful wildlife refuge with trails, lighthouse, and the beach at the end. Enjoyed watching the ducks and various other waterfowl, as well as the horses. Very quiet and peaceful in the winter.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wanderevermore0617
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chincoteague has the special gift of a population of Tundra Swan and Snow Goose during the winter. They are a sight you will not forget. There are numerous trails to walk or bike, and opportunities to see/ride ponies if that’s your thing. The wildlife “drive”...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cararro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chincoteague is a summer favorite for our family for camping in shady Tom's Cove and the beaches in the refuge which are gorgeous. I personally find the wetlands too muggy and buggy in the dead of summer. Fall and spring are the best times for...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vrwoodland
Reviewed 15 February 2019

We saw so many more types of animals than we expected! Several types of gulls, as well as egrets, herons, ducks, swans, loons, geese, vultures, and even a bald eagle - and outside of birds we also saw a fox and a raccoon, a Delmarva...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank ididntwantausername
Reviewed 11 February 2019

We went on a cold windy day in February but had a wonderful time. We saw many different types of birds, ducks, waterfowl etc. We only saw about 4 ponies but they were magnificent. We walked on the beach and got some pretty shells as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank Babsbrd
Reviewed 4 February 2019

We went in chilly February, but that's a great time to see migrating waterfowl like the HUNDREDS of Snow Geese we saw on the snowy beach. It was unforgettable, and when they took off to move to a different place it was magical. Also saw...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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20 July 2018|
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Response from Beemer54 | Reviewed this property |
Mosquito spray is fine. You only need it in the forest. Uber or taxi. Walking is a long way.
12 June 2018|
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Response from ronsray | Reviewed this property |
The ponies are always there