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Bicycling Chincoteague & Assateague National Beach Wildlife Refuge

Okay, so I know I have been gushing about the incredible wild horses of Chincoteague Island. Maybe you are wondering what else this area offers.  Well, plenty.  Chincoteague and Assateague are barrier islands along Virginia’s coastline.  They are extremely beautiful and boast a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) area that is best seen from a bike!

Bicycle Shadows

As previously mentioned in earlier posts, my sister and I drove down from New York City and literally parked the car during the time we vacationed here. On our first morning after walking to breakfast, we immediately headed across the street to rent bikes!  It was the most perfect and enjoyable way to get around the island.

The Assateague Island Lighthouse
(as seen from my bike)

We stayed at the Blue Heron, whose location was ideal.  It was so much fun cruising out for meals, riding around the island, and giving us easy access to the NWR.  One of highlights of each day was riding out to the beach and around the NWR.  Not only did it give us a wonderful vantage point to see egrets in the marshlands, squirrels, deer and bald eagles flying overhead, but it also enabled us enjoy crabcakes, cocktails, and dessert without feeling any guilt! After all, we were using our own pedal power on the beach cruisers!  Pedaling around the island also brought back a sense of childhood joy that you get when riding a bike:  a sense of freedom and possibility that life can take you anywhere your feet can pedal.  I ask, where is your bike taking you to this summer?

The Assateague Island Beach


  • Collin J. Higgins - December 5, 2013 - 1:56 am

    The national historic landmark district, approximately 92 acres (37 ha) of the northern half of the island, is open to the public for several months in the summer and early fall. The circumferential road around the island is also open to the public. The island is accessed by free ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.ReplyCancel

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