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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague Island

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#1 of 100 in Wildlife in Virginia
Must see · National Park · Wildlife Area
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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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  • This place is by far one of my favorite places to vacation. I love the refuge in all seasons, but fall/winter and early spring are my favorite - not too many mosquitoes, clear skies and lots to see! 
    This place is by far one of my favorite places to vacation. I love the refuge in all seasons, but fall/winter and early spring are my favorite - not too many mosquitoes, clear skies and lots to see!  more »
  • Are you kidding! The ponies. Unbelievable beauty. The walking trails. It’s November therefore we opted not to ride bikes. But dang that would have been life altering. 
    Are you kidding! The ponies. Unbelievable beauty. The walking trails. It’s November therefore we opted not to ride bikes. But dang that would have been life altering.  more »
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  • This beach is very unique because there are sand bars, 100 feet out into the ocean, that actually break up the large waves and offes a safe swim into the Atlantic. Lots and lots of bike trails. Wild horses can be seen near the bay side. Awesome place to take the family. (Dogs are not allowed in this park.)
  • Beautiful beaches. Very family friendly. Not a long walk from your car to the beach. Only 10 dollars per car to get into the park. The horses are beautiful and so whimsical. My toddlers loved coming here. We will definitely be back.

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