Chincoteague Island Journals

Greatest State Park/Wildlife Refuge

A June 2005 trip to Chincoteague Island by diverk

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Chincoteague Island, Virginia More Photos
Quote: At the Assateague Island National Seashore (its Native American name means "A running stream between") and Chincoteague Wildlife Reserve, you can admire the wild ponies frolic, take long walks on the pure white-sand beaches, go kayaking in the wetlands with the bald eagles, and enjoy some scrumptious crabs.
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Voted the "best Hampton Inn in the country," I could surely see why. The rooms were clean, the food was decent, but best of all, we had a view of the waterfront and the crab-trapping boats.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Hampton Inn And Suites Chincoteague-Waterfront
4179 Main St
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
757-336-1616

Ray's Shanty

Restaurant

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We went here for all our meals while we were in Chincoteague, even though it's about a mile and a half outside of the city. It's worth it. Everything is fried, fresh, and delicious. My favorite was the order of crab cakes ($14.95 for two succulent, deep-fried crabcakes made from thick crabmeat, deep-fried hushpuppies, and a salad). But the shrimp was also delicious, as well as the sauces. Mmmmm! Captain Ray Twiford, who founded the restaurant, began selling from his roadside stands in North Carolina under the sign, "Get fresh with me--you'll love it."

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Ray's Shanty
32157 Chincoteague Rd
Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23415
757-824-3429

Wildlife Expeditions

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Attraction | "Sea Kayaking with Wildlife Expeditions"

Wildlife Expeditions Photo, Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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Jay Cherrix has been leading this tour for over a decade, and his family has lived on Chincoteague for 300 years. He's the first and only native professional sea-kayak guide. Our trip left at 6:30am, but there's another trip that leaves at 6pm. You need to call ahead, because the times may vary depending on the weather and sunrise/sunset times. We paddled the flatwater and marshlands between Chincoteague and Assateague islands. We saw many varieties of shellfish and birds. We even saw a bald eagle fly right over us with a fish in her mouth to her nest. Finally, we saw a group of wild ponies in Assateague frolicking in the sand at the edge of the water. Jay was very knowledgeable about the p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Wildlife Expeditions
7729 East Side Dr.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336
(757) 336-6811

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "Wildlife Refuge Tours"

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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The bus tour is the only way to see the wild ponies on the Virginia side (the park "conveniently" blocked off the road to the ponies for all transportation and bikes, except for the park bus), so a ticket is necessary. Also, there are no mosquitoes on the air-conditioned bus, which was a nice break from those little terrors. The tour is led by volunteers. Our volunteer lived several hours outside of Chincoteague and was a little flighty, but nice. We went by the lighthouse and saw many birds, turtles, and Asian elks (which look like baby deer). But the highlight, of course, was the wild ponies. Both the Virginia side and the Maryland side of Assateague are permitted to have 150 ponies. These ponies...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
8065 Beach Road
Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336
(757) 336-6122

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diverk

diverk
New York, New York