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    Assateague Light

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2011

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    After the first 45 foot-high brick tower proved inadequate, the current 142 foot tall Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867. It is an"early classic" round brick tower with lantern and gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lantern roof is black. A natural bluff 22 feet above sea level adds to the light's height and visibility which is fortunate because the light no longer is on the shore. It is now almost 5 miles from the Chincoteague Inlet. The original 1st order Fresnel lens (restored during 2000-01) is on display at the Oyster and Maritime Museum in Chincoteague. The 2-story concrete keeper's house (1910) now houses wildlife refuge seasonal staff. The oil house (1891) also survives.

    The management of the lighthouse was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002 and tours of the facility are managed by the Chincoteague Natural History Association. In the season (starting in April), the lighthouse is open daily from 9 AM until 2:30 PM.
    Tour Fees: Adults $5, Children 17 and under $3.

    Even when the lighthouse is not open, you can still see the lighthouse by taking a short walk from the parking lot. And you can even see it from the back of the McDonalds parking lot.

    Top of the lighthouse from the trail to parking Bob walking around the base of the lighthouse Lighthouse from Wildlife refuge Sign
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    Wildlife Refuge

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2011

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    If you are primarily interested in the ponies, there is a Virginia herd and there is another group of ponies in Maryland.

    We weren't really looking for the ponies and we didn't see any. I tried to find where the visitor's center was on the Virginia side (there is no connection between the Virginia and Maryland parts of Asseteague), but the Visitor's Center was closed for the winter except on the weekend. On the plus side, there was no one to collect any fees. We have a senior pass so we wouldn't have had to pay anything anyway.

    FEE INFORMATION

    DAILY PASS $ 8.00

    WEEKLY PASS
    (Valid for seven days) $15.00

    CHINCOTEAGUE NWR ANNUAL PASS
    (Valid for one year) $30.00

    FEDERAL DUCK STAMP
    (Valid at all national wildlife refuges) $15.00

    FEDERAL DUCK STAMP AND BEACH PARKING $30.00

    INTERAGENCY ANNUAL PASS
    (Valid at federal recreation fee areas) $80.00

    SENIOR PASS
    (U.S. Citizens or residents 62 yrs. or older) $10.00
    Lifetime

    The refuge is open 7 days a week from:

    5:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. from May through September.
    6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. from November through March.
    6:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. the months of March, April and October.

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    National Seashore

    by grandmaR Updated May 10, 2011

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    Assateague Island is divided between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Assateague Island National Seashore encompasses the entire island and adjacent bay areas from the Ocean City, Maryland inlet to Fishing Point on Toms Cove Hook in Virginia

    National Seashores do not usually have locations on VT, and this one is particularly confusing because of being in two states, and including in addition to the National Wildlife Refuge and the National Seashore, a state park in Maryland.

    Unfortunately we were in the Virginia District in February during the week and the Tom's Cove Visitor's center was not open. There is no road connection between the Virginia side and the Maryland side. We would have had to go back to the main road an drive north and then come east again to access the main visitor's center in MD.

    Virginia District
    Open January-February: 6 am - 6 pm.
    March-April: 6 am - 8 pm.
    May-September: 5 am - 10 pm.
    October: 6 am - 8 pm.
    November-December: 6 am - 6 pm.

    •Toms Cove Visitor Center
    March - November: Open 7 days/week.
    December - February: Open Friday - Monday.
    Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
    Winter, Spring & Fall: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    Summer: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Beach Boardwalk to Toms Cove Visitor More beach from the car More beach
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    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

    by jennifermueller Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most of this 14,000 acre refuge is on the Virginia end of Assateague Island.

    There are beaches for swimming and forests, dunes, and marshes with trails for walking. It's a great place to birdwatch or rent bikes (on nearby Chincoteague Island) and tool around.

    Do observe the signs and stay out of protected areas.

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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    Nothing to Do- Assateague & Chincoteage OffSeason

    by CeePeeDee Updated May 21, 2009

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    Assateague is the national park island on the ocean side. Chincoteague the island and town on the sound side. You approach them over a several mile long causeway. The town is a little lost in time, somewhere in the mid 20th century. Cars stop for ducks crossing the street. A lot of the architecture is tumble-down. If you are there on week days during the off season it will seem somewhat empty. You will mostly have the wonderful Assateague beach to yourself. On your walks through the woods and swamp you will probably encounter the wild ponies, deer, racoons, a huge range of birds- swans, geese, shore birds, and many more. Stay for a few days, it will cleanse your brain and nervous system.

    Wild Ponies Kick and Bite A Very Blustery Day Leaving Chincoteague
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    Many nature trail

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 1, 2003

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    So many nature trails for every one. In this tidal marsh they found several native american mss burrial ground. Many other interesting facts like this to be found. This is a tidal bay, so the salt water rises and receeds to this marsh which make for a very diverse wildlife community. Before you go on your hike we higly suggest putting on bug sray or be eaten alive, these mosquitoes have wingspans and a nasty bite! They are all over this island!

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    Assateague Island Lighthouse

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 1, 2003

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    This lighthouse was built in 1833 at 142 fett tall, first lit in January 1833, the tower was to low and poorly illuminated to perform effectivelyits job of warning ships of the shoals that protrude out from the coast. In 1852 the Lighthouse Board made the duty of the government to increase the power and range of the lighthouse without delay. In 1859 Congress apropriated the fund and work began the next year. Contruction ceased due to the Civil War and in 1865 work resumed. October 1 1867 the light from the new lens could be seen for up to nineteen miles. This lighthouse is only open a few times a year for tours

    Assateague Island lIghthouse
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