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Fishing, boating, surfing, sunbathing, shell collecting, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, shopping, dining..... Chincoteague and Assateague have it all! Come spend an hour or a month...do a little or a lot...it's your choice. Chincoteague Island---a birder's paradise, a fisherman's dream, sunsets like you have never imagined, dolphin frolicking in the waves with sea gulls laughing from above....idyllic days by the shore.

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Fishing on the Islands

Fishing on the Islands

For the fisherman, there is channel, surf, and deep-sea fishing. Rent a boat, fish from the public piers, or compete in various fishing tournaments throughout the year. Go crabbing or clamming in the abundant waters surrounding both islands.

Scenic Boat Cruises

Scenic Boat Cruises

Scenic Boat Cruises through the Chincoteague and Assateague Channels provide opportunities for bird watching, pony watching, or just relaxing while watching the sun set over the islands.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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 wild lands and wildlife.

Chincoteague National Wildlife 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.

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Birding and Wildlife Photography

Birding and Wildlife Photography

The opportunities to reconnect with nature are truly endless. The 14,000 acre Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge with unspoiled beachfront, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest serves as a stopover on the Atlantic Flyway for over 300 species of migratory birds who reside here at least part of the year.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

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Island Nature Trail

Island Nature Trail

Located on Hallie Whealton Smith Drive, the trail offers two paths to leisurely enjoy Chincoteague’s Nature. The south 0.7 mile paved trail is pet friendly and provides opportunity to walk, bike, run or bird watch. To the north is a natural surface trail that extends 0.45 miles through pine forest and glade.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility

NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Who knew that an island dominated by wild ponies would also become a prime location for viewing rocket launches carrying precious cargo to the International Space Station? Under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA, at least 8 missions will leave from the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

NASA WFF Visitor’s Center Hours and Launches

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