Explore the most popular trails near Chincoteague with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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One side of the trail is dog friendly

4 months ago

This is a great place to see and great for running. However it is not good for dogs as there are tons of these little spurs that get stuck in the their feet very painful to say the least.

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6 months ago

Came across a seal sunning on the beach.

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6 months ago

Nice day for casual hiking. Lots of wild life. Beatle infestation has claimed "clumps" pine trees. A spur trail led to the marshes and views of the ponies.

Just a heads up, dogs are not permitted on the VA side of the island....not even in the car. We were unable to hike for this reason. Otherwise a pleasant drive up the Eastern Shore...

scenic driving
Thursday, July 06, 2017

nice drive, love the beach towns

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

nice

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

A walk on the beach was easy enough. Fun for the kids since they were collecting every shell they laid their eyes on. The biggest challenge that day was the rough wind as it was still cold in early March. Chincoteague/ Assateague Islands has wild horses to boast as we had an opportunity to see them roam.
Did not get a chance to do their wildlife trail but will return back to do it!

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

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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Nice place to walk or jog...explore the area.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

scenic driving
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A very nice area, great beach towns

birding
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Easy path, lots of birds

walking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A great beach area

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

This was a nice finish to a long day of hiking, biking and driving.

scenic driving
Monday, June 27, 2016

It was a nice drive and a well needed rest from hiking.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Very nice walk, except for the bugs.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

There was a nice breeze blowing across the island for the entire walk.

scenic driving
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Today was a nice early summer day. Can you guess how busy it was? But well worth it.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

I enjoyed the walk and would love to do it again in the winter when the bugs are not working.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Easy paved loop. Nice overlook to see wild ponies

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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.

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