Waterfowl Weekend

November 28 - December 1, 2019 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Snow Geese November 28 - December 1, 2019 - 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.


Wildlife Loop Trail

Visitors will enjoy extended hours on the Wildlife Loop Trail, open to vehicles from 9am to dusk on November 28 - December 1, 2019. Please drive cautiously, as this trail is also a hiking and biking route.

Special Drive 

During these four days, extended access is also available for visitors to drive on the Service Road (admittance from 12pm - 2pm only). For the special drive, visitors must enter the Wildlife Loop Trail and follow the one-way traffic pattern to the road’s entrance. This may take 10 or 15 minutes, due to high volume. All vehicles are expected to completely exit the Service Road by 4 PM. 

Contact: 757-336-6122 or fw5rw_cnwr@fws.gov.

2018 Event Press Release

These four days are the only time each year that the public can enjoy our Special Drive along the refuge’s 7-mile Service Road. Vehicles can only enter the road via the Wildlife Loop during the times specified above.