In our last post, we outlined some fun ways to spend your time at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach, including crabbing, clamming and fishing. However, maybe seafood is not your thing. Here are more ideas for beach fun during your trip to the Virginia coast!
Horseback riding is allowed along the beach in the Over Sand Vehicle zone only. This area usually closes from March 15 to late Fall.
Shells can be a beautiful, affordable and natural souvenir of your visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Each person is allowed to take one gallon or less of unoccupied shells. Driftwood may not be collected.
Having a campfire on the beach is one of the nicest ways to spend an summer evening on the Virginia coast. Bring beverages and snacks – make hot dogs, s’mores and even clams! But keep in mind certain regulations must be followed so you don’t get in trouble with the park service. Campfires are allowed only in designated sites located along the beach. You also need a fire permit (which is free) and a site assignment. Get these at the Toms Cove Visitor Center.
Boating is an exciting way to explore Assateague and the waters surrounding the Island. Boats are allowed to land at Toms Cove Hook between September 1st and March 14th. However, there are no boat ramps or docks available for public use at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. So if you want to come to shore, make sure to bring your floaties or a waterproof bag for carrying your goods!
Can you believe we still have more ideas for beach fun this summer?!? Check back this month for our final post on Chincoteague Beach activities!
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