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6 Parks to Visit Near Chincoteague
Chincoteague has a little bit of everything: family-friendly entertainment, great dining, cute shops and beautiful beaches. The island and the surrounding area are also rich in outdoor recreation.
During your next stay at Chincoteague Island KOA explore local parks to drink in the region's natural beauty and enjoy outdoor adventure. Here are a few spots to check out:
Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge
This park is just a skip and a jump away from Chincoteague Island KOA and it's filled with outdoor fun. Get your steps in and enjoy a beautiful view of Chincoteague Island by climbing the Assateague Lighthouse. Stop by the visitors center and learn more about local wildlife. Hike or bike the parks network of trails or do a little fishing or clamming. Make sure to keep an eye out for the park's most well-known wildlife, the Chincoteague ponies.
Island Nature Trail
There are two trails just off of Hallie Whealton Smith Drive that are a great place to walk, run, bike or just enjoy nature. The paved path is 0.7 miles and is pet-friendly. The unpaved trail is just under a half-mile and winds through a pine forest and glade.
Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve
This preserve was created to protect a sea-level fen, a rare type of open freshwater wetlands. There are two walking trails through these conserved lands. One leads out to wetlands overlooking Gargathy Bay and the other runs along White's Creek. This beautifully secluded spot is a wonderful place to slow down and enjoy a nice walk.
ASSATEAGUE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE
This beautiful beach stretches all the way into Maryland and it's the perfect place for a relaxing beach day. Families can stick to the lifeguarded southern end of the beach, while surfers, boogie boarders and skim boarders typically hang out on the less crowded northern section of beach. In addition to boardsports, you can try your hand at a little surf fishing or do some birdwatching on this pristine island beach. Hop on the free campground shuttle and you'll get dropped off right at the beach.
Pocomoke River State Park: Shad Landing
This park is filled with beautiful sights including a stand of loblolly pines, a cypress swamp and the Pocomoke River. Keep your eyes peeled for river otters and bald eagles. In the Shad Landing section of the park you can hike trails, take a dip in the swimming pool, do a little fishing, explore the playground or stop by the visitors center and learn more about local wildlife. Park rangers also offer guided nature walks and guided kayak and canoe tours.
The beautiful nature trail through Cypress Park starts at the city dock in Pocomoke, just steps from downtown. This 1.5-mile trail winds around a pond, crosses floating boardwalks and includes a pedestrian bridge. There's also a fishing pier, gazebo and canoe launch.
Slow down and immerse yourself in natural beauty during your next stay at Chincoteague Island KOA.