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. 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. - 6:00 P.M. from November through March. 6:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. the months of March, April and October. The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. October 1 - April 30 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. May 1 - September 30 *Closed Christmas and New Year's Day The Administrative Office hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday
This is one of those drives you have to undertake if you really want to experience a particular culture and scenery - in this case, the Chesapeake. You're not going to experience it on I-95! It's a slow go, and can be busy, but if you want to feel the bay and ocean environment, this is a great place to do it.