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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Enjoyed our time at the refuge.

We came for the spring pony roundup, but there are other things to do here. Be sure to stop in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
craftinker
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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
great for kids and nature enthusiasts

We had such fun exploring this refuge. The paths are mostly paved, which makes for easy hiking and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
146samantha
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Burke, Virginia
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (142 reviews)
“bug spray” (156 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (68 reviews)
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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"visitor center"
in 142 reviews
"bug spray"
in 156 reviews
"beautiful beach"
in 68 reviews
"wild ponies"
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"wildlife refuge"
in 148 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 46 reviews
"the loop"
in 55 reviews
"beach area"
in 38 reviews
"tom's cove"
in 76 reviews
"bird watching"
in 48 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 36 reviews
"nature center"
in 32 reviews
"light house"
in 80 reviews
"bus tour"
in 28 reviews
"off season"
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"natural beauty"
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"the east coast"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came for the spring pony roundup, but there are other things to do here. Be sure to stop in the visitor's center for the orientation. The staff are very informative. We were a little concerned about what looked like car break ins. In several...More

Thank craftinker
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had such fun exploring this refuge. The paths are mostly paved, which makes for easy hiking and biking. Despite the number of people, wildlife, including the ponies, are easy to spot. Lots of water birds. The ponies seemed easy enough to spot. Beautiful marshes....More

Thank 146samantha
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very nice visit. Got to see one of the wild horses and some other animals on one of the trails there. Also climbed up to the top the lighthouse which was very cool, and had a great view of the surrounding area.

Thank dadbeme
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Not sure what happens in other months - mosquitoes, crowds, heat... but April was lovely. We saw ponies, some birds, a fox squirrel, etc. We weren't that impressed with the main "Wildlife Loop" but the other trails were beautiful. Go to the lighthouse! The climb...More

Thank Tamara E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Definitely a must see! We walked and road our bikes to and from the Refuge! Because of the weather, we didn't see any ponies but it is still a great place to see!

Thank imdebbiew
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed visiting the refuge for the lighthouse, trails, nature center, etc. It was great. Well maintained and so much to see!

Thank Courtney L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw dolphins on the beach side, did some sea shell collecting, tons of beautiful bird life and it was peaceful and quiet. Also saw some ponies up close grazing right as we came in, and climbed to the top of the lighthouse and saw...More

Thank Danni D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife was thrilled to see the wild ponies so close to the river, the last time we were there they were all why out in the wetlands.

Thank robstainedglass
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of our extended family had visited Chincoteague several times before so we were eager to try it and overall it did not disappoint. The refuge--really all on Assateague Island--is great and we delighted in a large number of bird sightings across the 5 days...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the refuge with the many species of birds and of course the ponies. The lighthouse is wonderful. Staff at the Visitor Center were courteous, professional and very helpful.

Thank Cat H
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Lorraine W
13 April 2018|
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Response from dachsiemom2014 | Reviewed this property |
The roundup? Sometime in July.
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misstufsy
14 March 2018|
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Response from pzipp67 | Reviewed this property |
sorry I didnt' see this question....we have been there in early July and they were awfull!!
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Kathleen730
9 March 2018|
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Response from YayaQueenBee | Reviewed this property |
Yes....not as bad as July but you will need some kind of protection
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