Woodland Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Woodland Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chincoteague, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Assateauge Island is a National Wildlife Refuge located on the Easter Shore of Virginia and Maryland. As a National Wildlife Refuge, it remains principally unchanged and unimproved by man and is host to a wide variety of animals including a multitude of birds and the famous Chincoteague Ponies. With access from Chincoteauge Island, there are numerous multiple use trails, a beach and an educational visitor center. There is no camping on the VA side of Assteague but backcountry camping is allowed on the Maryland side (permit required). The Woodland Trail can be hiked in about 1-2 hours based on pace. Difficulty: This is a paved, multi-use trails which is not very challenging but allows for some nice views. Passes to the refuge can be bought on a weekly ($15-20) or annual ($30-40) basis. Active Duty Military is free. Just show an ID Card and you'll get an annual National Parks Pass.

hiking
8 months ago

About: Assateauge Island is a National Wildlife Refuge located on the Easter Shore of Virginia and Maryland. As a National Wildlife Refuge, it remains principally unchanged and unimproved by man and is host to a wide variety of animals including a multitude of birds and the famous Chincoteague Ponies. With access from Chincoteauge Island, there are numerous multiple use trails, a beach and an educational visitor center. There is no camping on the VA side of Assteague but backcountry camping is allowed on the Maryland side (permit required).

Distance: There are numerous trails throughout the refuge. The longest is the Wildlife Loop at 3.25 miles. It includes a nice observation platform and plenty of parking. The shortest is the Lighthouse Trail at .25 miles, which ends at the Historic Assateauge Lightouse.

Duration: The Woodland Trail can be hiked in about 1-2 hours based on pace.
Difficulty: This is a paved, multi-use trails which is not very challenging but allows for some nice views.

Cost: Passes to the refuge can be bought on a weekly ($15-20) or annual ($30-40) basis. Active Duty Military is free. Just show an ID Card and you'll get an annual National Parks Pass.

Accomodations: There are no accomodations on the National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, however neighboring Chincoteague is a great place. It has small, island town appeal complete with a movie theater showing one two movies a week. There are several choices for lodging from motels, to hotels, to Bed and Breakfasts. We typically stay at the Hampton Inn and find that the service is great, the views from most rooms are beautiful, and the hot breakfast (included) is always good. We've also stayed at the Days Inn, and a couple of other local hotels. Camping is also available at a handful of Chincoteague Camp Grounds.

Dining: Chincoteauge boasts numerous dining options. Famous Pizza is great for pizza and Subs and pretty inexpensive. Bill's Seafood is a great sit down restaurant on the classier and pricier side. Be sure to get reservations during peak season. You're missing out big time if you don't grab some home made ice cream at the Island Creamery! Even if you need something quick, the McDonald's has a pony corral next to it where you can feed and pet the ponies.

Analysis:Spending a weekend on the Island is one of our favorite getaways. Chincoteauge is naturally relaxing (especially in the off season) with friendly locals, minimal traffic, and a small town feel. With canoeing, kayaking, great food, and some good mini golf, there is plenty to do and plenty of time to relax. The Wildlife Refuge itself offers a little of something for everyone, from bird watching and hiking, to lounging at the beach.

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hiking
11 months ago

It was very easy, wooded and we did not see anyone else.

hiking
11 months ago

More brush than trees, but there were enough to shield some of the wind.

birding
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Easy path, lots of birds

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Easy paved loop. Nice overlook to see wild ponies

hiking
2 months ago

7 months ago

walking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

walking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

hiking
Friday, September 18, 2015