National Wildlife Refuge is located just minutes south of Shore Stay Suites on the seaside southern tip of the peninsula. 752-acres of maritime forests, thickets, grasslands, and fresh and saltwater ponds provide crucial habitats and stopovers for wildlife. Visitors can witness the annual drama of the huge fall migration of songbirds, raptors and even monarch butterflies who funnel through here on their way south. Walking trails, a breathtaking view of the seaside barrier island chain from atop a WWII bunker and a compact visitors center filled with compelling exhibits make this a year round must see.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern end of the Eastern Shore on Assateague Island and its the “one-stop shopping” of outdoor recreation spots. Enjoy wild pony watching, ocean swimming, beach walking on 10 miles of pristine beach, kayaking, biking, bird watching, fishing, hunting…even a chance to hike the light – and get a bird’s eye view from atop the 145 ft tall 1867 Assateague Lighthouse. Please, no pets.