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.
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.
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!
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