Atlantic Coast

Starting at the Statue of Liberty and winding up at free-wheeling Key West, these almost 2,000 miles of roadway run within earshot—if not sight—of the Atlantic Ocean.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Spreading east of town, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest nature preserves along the Atlantic flyway, attracting hundreds of species of birds, including egrets, herons, geese, swans, and snow geese, not to mention thousands and thousands of migrating ducks. A continuation of the Assateague Island National Seashore across the Maryland border, the refuge contains thousands of acres of marshland, excellent beaches, and a number of hiking and cycling trails. The refuge visitors center (757/336-6122, daily) has detailed information on park activities as well as special exhibits on Chincoteague’s famous wild ponies, which can usually be seen from the Woodland Trail that loops south from Beach Road.

Visitors Center (8231 Beach Rd.)
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge