Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Andy99 Andy99
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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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