On Day 3 (April 8th) of our vacation, we drove to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The wildlife refuge is located on Assateague Island, VA. We carried our bicycles via bike carrier, even though the wildlife refuge is only a couple miles from Tranquil Shores, our Airbnb rental.
We rode our bicycles on the Wildlife Loop (3.25 miles), which is open to walkers and bikers all day. Vehicles are permitted to drive the loop from 3:00 PM until dusk. We rode several trails branching off the Wildlife Loop and ended up with 6.86 bicycle miles. We also got in a few walks, mostly to the ocean.
The Black Duck Trail can be used to connect the Wildlife Loop to the Woodland Trail. On this day we rode to the Beach Access Road and back (2 miles round trip) on the Black Duck Trail. The sign indicated that we might see Canada goose, tundra swans, black ducks and other waterfowl; deer; snakes; and songbirds. We did see a few birds, including a Flicker, but I was not able to grab my camera quick enough to capture any photographs. The only photograph I took, while on Black Duck Trail, was of the lighthouse.
Swan Cove Trail (0.5 mile one way) is a popular route to the beach.
The Service Road is a gravel foot path, 7.5 miles one-way, with limited bicycle access. Bicyclists can access the trail for 1.25 miles (one-way) to the D-Dike beach access area. Cars are not permitted on the Service Road, with the exception of Oversand-Vehicle (OSV) Permit holders.
This was our fourth year on the Wildlife Loop, but it was the first time that we saw it via bicycle. With the exception of the boardwalk trail, we had not been on any of the trails that branch off from Wildlife Loop. We rode around the Wildlife Loop several times during our vacation, both by bicycle and by car. I will share more photographs from Wildlife Loop in future blog posts.
TO BE CONTINUED