Chincoteague Island is a small barrier island off the coast of Virginia, famous for its population of wild ponies which have lived in the area for centuries. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most visited refuges in the United States, providing visitors with outstanding opportunities to learn about and enjoy wildlands and wildlife. Protected beaches, marshes & forests with wild ponies, waterfowl, an historic lighthouse, lots of fishing, hiking and biking trails will keep the adventure seeker busy during a visit.
Legend has it that today’s wild ponies are descendents of survivors who came ashore during a Spanish galleon shipwreck off the coast of Assateague. Check out the annual Pony Swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. It’s a week long event that includes a pony auction!