America's Wildest Places - Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Within a workday's access to millions of people, Chincoteague Refuge is one of the most visited refuges in the United States, providing visitors with outstanding opportunities to learn about and enjoy wildlands and wildlife.
Most of the refuge is located on the Virginia end of Assateague Island; however, 418 acres are on the Maryland side of the island, 427 acres are found on Morris Island, and 546 acres comprise Wildcat Marsh on the northern tip of Chincoteague Island. The refuge's location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it a vital resting and feeding spot for a large number and diversity of birds.
Chincoteague Refuge, originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese), today provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants.
HABITAT AND WILDLIFE
Chincoteague Refuge provides food and shelter for a wide variety of wildlife and plants. In fact, more than 320 species of birds are known to occur on the refuge. The refuge also supports breeding populations of the endangered Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel and the threatened piping plover. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons also nest and migrate through the refuge.
The beach is a major attraction for visitors in the summer. Where the sandy shoreline blends into the dunes, beach grasses grow and secure the sand. This is where you will discover the endangered seabeach amaranth growing.
A variety of mollusks and crustaceans live and feed in the refuge's salt marshes. This habitat is vital to black ducks and many other migratory birds for nesting and feeding.
Maritime forests are located on higher ground. This habitat is primarily loblolly pine, whose pine cones are the primary food source for the endangered Delmarva
Peninsula fox squirrel. A variety of oaks are also scattered throughout this habitat. Several species of snakes (non-poisonous), as well as rabbit, raccoon, fox, white-tailed deer, and sika (an oriental elk) live in these woodlands. Birds of prey, known as raptors, also nest in the maritime forest and soar above the tree line
in search of food.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
The refuge provides wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife photography and observation, interpretation, and environmental education. A host of exhibits, displays, brochures, and wildlife-oriented programs and films are available to visitors. A variety of paved trails are open to hikers and/or bicyclists. Join Assateague Lighthouse Tours or take relaxed Refuge Wildlife Bus Tours.
From Washington, D.C.
Take I-95 to Route 301, following signs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, to Route 50. Take Route 50 to Route 13 South (in Salisbury, MD). From Route 13 South take Route 175 (about 5 miles past Pocomoke City, MD). Travel east on 175 to Chincoteague Island, go straight at the light at the foot of the drawbridge onto Maddox Blvd.and follow the signs to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
From Baltimore, MD
Take I-97 to Route 301, following signs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, to Route 50. Take Route 50 to Route 13 South (in Salisbury, MD). From Route 13 South take Route 175 (about 5 miles past Pocomoke City, MD). Travel east on 175 to Chincoteague Island, go straight at the light at the foot of the drawbridge onto Maddox Blvd.and follow the signs to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
From Virginia Beach, VA
Take I-60 to Route 13 North, following signs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Travel Route 13 North to Route 175. Travel east on 175 to Chincoteague Island, go straight at the light at the foot of the drawbridge onto Maddox Blvd.and follow the signs to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Address for GPS:
8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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Visit Chincoteague Island Virginia
Chincoteague Island, Virginia’s only resort island, is perhaps the most beautiful island on Virginia's Eastern Shore. World famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, Chincoteague is the gateway to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the Virginia side of Assateague Island.
Explore the refuge on miles of hiking and biking trails, kayak its pristine waters to see amazing wildlife; including the world famous Chincoteague Ponies or take in the breathtaking views from atop the Assateague Lighthouse.
Relax with your toes in the sand or hit the water and surf the Atlantic Ocean waves at Assateague Island National Seashore.
Feel the wind in your hair on a boat cruise or sailing adventure.
Cast a rod and catch the ‘Big One’ on an inland or off-shore fishing charter.
Discover our rich history by visiting our museums or taking an island history tour or ecotour.
Partake in delectable seafood and local fare from one of our many charming restaurants or eateries.
Find that perfect treasure by shopping our eclectic shops and art galleries.
Experience this and so much more on a little island seven miles long and a mile and a half wide. Are itineraries your style? We have them too!
Chincoteague is the perfect getaway that is close to home, yet miles away from ordinary. Come make memories that will last a lifetime and have you coming back to discover more!
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Chincoteague to State Line / Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge
Short trip around the refuge and wildlife loop.
Free fee day. 75th anniversary of the refuge.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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CHINCOTEAGUE National Wildlife Refuge & Beach at Assateague Island Seashore⭐
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Beach at Assateague Island Seashore
Chincoteague & Assategue History:
This is a video review of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Beach at Assateague Island Seashore. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Assateague offers one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coastline. Chincoteague Island is known for it's wild ponies, but birding is another major attraction and many birders and bird organizations visit the refuge to experience the abundance of waterfowl and other bird specials that can be found on the refuge. In the fall, many visitors come to see the great migration of the snow geese. Chincoteague Island, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore, is the only resort island in Virginia.
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A Visit to Chincoteague Island and Assateague Lighthouse, VA
The year of 1650 marks the first land grant issued on Chincoteague Island, for 1,500 acres (6.1 km2). Daniel Jenifer became the first English landowner. In 1671, settlers came to the island, and by 1672 there were large farms by Bishops, Bowdens, Jesters and Tarrs. By 1838, there were 36 houses on the island, and in 1861 the island voted 132-2 not to secede from the Union and against slavery. The town saw minor action in the war via the Battle of Cockle Creek fought in the bay in 1861.
The Native American name for the island is Gingoteague, and the name of the town Chincoteague first appeared in the Decisions of the United States Board on Geographical Names in 1943.
In 1962, a major nor'easter winter storm, the Ash Wednesday Storm, struck the coast. The town was completely underwater, and went for days without electricity. The storm destroyed almost all structures on Assateague Island, where development was just beginning. Following this, most of the island was preserved from development as Assateague Island National Seashore in 1965.
Legend has it that the feral ponies on Assateague are descendants of survivors of a Spanish galleon that sank on its way to Spain during a storm in 1750 off the east coast, but the likelihood is that they are actually descended from domesticated stock, brought to the island by Eastern Shore farmers in the 17th century to avoid fencing requirements and taxation.
In the Pony Penning, which has been held annually since 1925, horses swim across the shallow water between the islands. If any animal is too small or weak to make the swim, they are placed on a barge and ferried over. All the horses are herded into large pens after running through the middle of town and down Main Street. Pony Penning takes place on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July. The actual swim occurs on Wednesday, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company auctions that year's foals on Thursday, and on Friday the remaining ponies swim back to Assateague. - wiki
The Assateague Lighthouse is located on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island. The Coast Guard has maintained the lighthouse for many years. Ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the Fish & Wildlife Service from the Coast Guard in 2004. While the U.S. Coast guard still maintains the light as an active navigational aid, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is responsible for preserving the lighthouse. The top of the lighthouse is accessible to the public (see the visitor schedule). It is still operational and one of the most impressive landmarks in Virginia. If you are a visitor that desires a panoramic view of the Assateague Lighthouse, then consider the Assateague cruise or kayak trip from the neighbor island of Chincoteague, Virginia.
The Assateague Lighthouse is approximately 1/4 mile away from Chincoteague Island and visitors can drive there from Chincoteague in about 5 minutes. You can ride a bicycle or walk on the trail that leads from Chincoteague over to Assateague Island. The trail is maintained by the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service at Assateague Island. Visitors to the Maryland side of Assateague can drive to this area in about an hour. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is home of the lighthouse.
The original lighthouse was constructed here in 1833 at a cost of approximately $55,000. In 1860, construction on a taller, more powerfully illuminated brick lighthouse began, but was delayed by the Civil War. After the war, work resumed and the lighthouse was completed in 1867. Assateague's lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The Assateague Lighthouse stands 142 feet high, its base over 27 feet in diameter.
The Assateague Lighthouse is an active navigational aid and is in the National Register of Historic places. In 1933 the lighthouse was converted to be electrically operated, and its first light was a candle lantern. The Assateague Lighthouse has warned passing ships and local waterman of the shallow waters off Assateague for many years. Approximately 1,182 people traveled through this historic lighthouse at Assateague Island during Wildlife Refuge Week 2000 and visitors continually visit this special part of Virginia to see the lighthouse.
The National Wildlife Refuge System reached its 100th Anniversary in 2003. The National Wildlife Refuge at Assateague is an excellent place for birdwatching and outdoor activities after you visit the lighthouse. The Wildlife Refuge provides a great place to learn about history and increase understanding of the ever changing environment. When the Assateague lighthouse was first built, it was on the southern most end of Assateague Island. The land now south of the lighthouse is actually new land, that has grown out about 2 miles since the lighthouse was first built.
Ponies! At Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in the Eastern Shore of Virginia
After spending the afternoon in the Norfolk Botanical Garden, we headed over to Chincoteague, VA and visited the Cincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and we came across some wild Chicoteague ponies! Very cool!
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CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Travel Video Review
Video travel review of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Chincoteague, Virginia.
Wild ponies, migratory birds, marshland, a beach - Tom's Cove and a lighthouse - it's all there!
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CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
8231 Beach Road
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
Chincoteague NWR, located primarily on the Virginia side of Assateague Island, consists of more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Chincoteague Refuge, originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese), today provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants. Refuge staff manage this barrier island habitat to allow many species of wildlife to coexist, each establishing their own place in the environment. In fact, more than 320 species of birds are known to occur on the refuge. The refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area, is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and designated as one of the top ten birding Hotspots by the National Audubon Society.
Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species such as the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, the bald eagle and the piping plover. More than 2,600 acres of man-made marshes, or moist soil management units, are managed for wintering waterfowl and shorebirds during migration. Unique residents of the island, the famous Chincoteague ponies, are housed in two areas on the refuge through a special agreement with the ponies' owners, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
With approximately 1.4 million visits a year, Chincoteague NWR is one of the most visited refuges in the nation. Chincoteague Refuge provides visitors with extraordinary educational and recreational opportunities. In addition, a special partnership exists with the National Park Service which allows Assateague Island National Seashore to administer public activities on a five-mile portion of the refuge beach.
The new Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center is currently under the construction phase and will open in 2003. The Center will offer educational exhibits, an auditorium and wet laboratory/classroom for visiting groups.
CHINCOTEAGUE; Virginia's Island Treasure
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge et Assateague Island National Seashore
Chincoteague Causeway, 4.3 miles long, connecting the mainland of the Eastern Shore to Chincoteague Island.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
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CHINCOTEAGUE NWR 2019
This is our first camping trip of the 2019 season. We stayed at a Maryland State Park on the DelMarVa peninsula. We visited Chincoteague Island and the Wildlife Refuge there, enjoying the wild horses and other wildlife as well as a sunset.
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Travel Trailer: 2009 Great Lakes RV Ranger Laurentian, 18Ft
Tow Vehicle: 2009 Suzuki Equator RMX 4x4
Video camera: Sony Handycam DCR-TRV280
Video compilation: Microsoft Movie Maker
Chincoteague Island(Park and Beach),Chincoteague, VA, US - Part 1
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Chincoteague Island, Virginias only resort island, is one of the many and perhaps the most beautiful island that dots Virginias Eastern Shore. World famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, this picturesque island is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore. Adventure awaits everywhere as history and legend blend with the wild loveliness of the seasonal shore.
My Assateague and Chincoteague Island afternoon - Vlog #23
My afternoon drive to Assateague Island and Chincoteague. Here are some shots of the beach and dinner from Captain Zack's - a great casual restaurant. Assateague was pretty windy and we were short on time. We'll have to see the ponies next time.
Recorded October 2016.
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Chincoteague and Assateague islands' National Wildlife Refuge
This is the International Sphere with a special edition on the Wild life conservation in The United States of America.
Chincoteague and Assateague islands are one of the most visited refuges in the United states, providing visitors with outstanding opportunities to learn about and enjoy wildlands, wildlife, dunes, marsh, maritime forest and about 14,000 acres of beach.
Chincoteague Bike Trail
Back in Chincoteague VA, the national park, a wonderful bike trail goes all around, we rented bikes next to our hotel (Refuge Inn) and went out for few hours. This one spur went out to the ocean and the scenery from the bike was so beautiful thought I'd try a selfie-mode to capture the experience of gently peddling through this grassland park.
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