Most people come to Chincoteague Island, Va., and neighboring Assateague Island for two reasons: the beaches, and to try to get a glimpse of the ponies.
Even if you’ve never read Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague” (confession time: I still haven’t), you’ve probably heard about the Chincoteague ponies at some point or other.
Granted, the beaches and the ponies are good reasons to come to the islands. But there’s more to the place than beaches and ponies.
The islands are home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge – which have several trails for walking and biking.