Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Reviews

grandmar grandmar
202 reviews
Lighthouse, but no ponies Feb 16, 2011
The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of three parks on Assateague Island. On the Maryland end (2/3rds of the island) are the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a one-mile stretch of land containing the lifeguarded recreational beach and interpretive facilities managed by the National Park Service. It is best known for its herds of feral horses, pristine beaches, and the Assateague Lighthouse.

When I called the number in the AAA book, the lady on the phone said that she did not think that the southern visitor's center was open on a weekday in February, and she was correct. And although we went out to look at the beach, we didn't see any ponies. But we did see the lighthouse (which doesn't move around much) and we were not disappointed because that was what we came to see. And we also saw some of the winter birds. There were supposed to be snow geese, and there were white birds but they were too far away for me to see whether they were geese or swans
Great blue heron
Map of the refuge
Entrance - unmanned
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Andy99 Andy99
623 reviews
Ponies, Wildlife, and Beaches at Chincoteage National Wildlife Refuge Sep 24, 2009
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge protects 14,000 acres of barrier island forest, wetland, and beach habitat for a variety of animals, migratory birds, waterfowl, and the famous wild horses. The refuge was founded in 1943 and encompasses the Virginia (southern) end of Assateague Island and other nearby barrier islands.

A number of recreational activities are available at the popular Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can enjoy hiking the 8 miles of nature trails, birding (bird watching), bicycling, and swimming and fishing at the beach. (The beach is managed as part of the Assateague National Seashore, which includes both the Maryland and Virginia sides of Assateague Island. The Wildlife Refuge is only on Virginia portion of the island.) A variety of animals and birds can be encountered on the trails.

Assateague Lighthouse, built in 1833, is also located on the Wildlife Refuge and is a popular site to visit. A short trail leads to the lighthouse, still in operation.

A visitor center has exhibits on the fauna and flora of Assateague Island. Guides to the trails and the wildlife to be seen are available at the visitor center.

The entry fee is $5.00 per day or $15.00 per week.

Not to be missed when you are in the area!
Assateague Lighthouse
Swan Pool
Sika Elk
Wild horses on the Wildlife Loop

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