Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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8231 Beach Rd Chincoteague Island VA 23336

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


The refuge is open 7 days a week from

5:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. from May through September. 
6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. the months of April and October.
6:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. from November through March. 

The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. in the Summer
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. in the Spring, Fall & Winter
*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

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Over Sand Vehicle Permit Information

Horseback Riding

Lighthouse Climbs & Refuge Trek (formerly Wildlife Tours)

Guide to Virginia’s Barrier Islands

Wildlife & Habitat



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