Waterfowl Weekend

November 25-28, 2021 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Snow Geese

November 25-28, 2021 

Fall heralds the return of thousands of waterfowl from their northern breeding grounds to the milder climate of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a variety of overwintering ducks, geese and swans by joining the flocks of visitors who celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend in this special place.

Expanded Vehicle Access

Exclusively during these 4 days, visitors will have extended access to the Wildlife Loop Trail from 9am to dusk. 

During limited hours, visitors can also take a 15-mile (round-trip) journey in their personal vehicle along the Service Road. To access this special drive:

  • Follow the Wildlife Loop’s one-way traffic pattern to the Service Road entrance. Due to high volume this may take 10-15 minutes.
  • You must enter the Service Road between 12pm and 2pm.
  • All vehicles are expected to completely exit the Service Road by 4pm.

 *Access is subject to change based upon staffing or severe weather.

Tips for Service Road access

  • Bring your binoculars and a sense of wonder.
  • Be kind to wildlife and others.
  • Remember. Bicycles are only permitted as for north as D-Dike.
  • Be prepared. The drive is 15 miles round-trip, with no restrooms.
  • Remain in your vehicle and obey posted speed limits.
  • Do not stop for extended periods or impede two-way traffic flows.
  • Protect yourself and wildlife by following all refuge rules and regulations during your visit.