Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is open 7 days a week from 5am - 10pm May through September, 6am - 8pm the months of April and October , and 6am - 6pm November through March.

The Wildlife Loop is open daily for vehicles to drive from 3pm until dusk.

The Herbert H. Bateman Visitor Center is open 10am - 4pm Thursday through Sunday *Closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

Chincoteague National Wildlife 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. Chincoteague Refuge includes more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. Established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese), the refuge today provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds as well as other species of wildlife and plants. The refuge also provides wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife photography and observation, interpretation, and environmental education. Please note PETS ARE PROHIBITED - even in your vehicle - on both the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island VA National Seashore.

Hiking and Biking Trail Map

Birding Brochure

Boat Use Map

Personal Watercraft Map

Over Sand Vehicle Permit Information

Horseback Riding and Map



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