Posted: December 17th, 2021
One of our family’s favorite activities is bike riding the trails at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. This is a great activity any time of year, but we especially enjoy it during the first warm days of spring. After a long cold winter it’s a great way to get outside and shake off the winter blues.
The Refuge offers miles of trails that run through some of the most scenic portions of Assateague Island. Many are paved and open to bicycles, while the rest are open to foot traffic only. Trail maps are available at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center or you can download one here.
Don’t want the hassle of bringing your bike with you on vacation? No problem. Bikes can be rented at Refuge Bikes near the entrance to the Refuge.
Two of our favorite trails are the Swan Cove Trail and the Bivalve Trail. Both are secluded and lead to spectacular views.
Swan Cove Trail branches off the Wildlife Loop and leads to the beach. The Swan’s Cove trail is only open to hikers and bikers so it is a great way to access a less crowded portion of the beach.
Park your vehicle in the Wildlife Loop parking lot.
The Bivalve Trail branches off the Woodland Trail and leads to the shoreline of Tom’s Cove. It’s a great area to explore and the views are awesome.
Park in the Woodland Trail parking lot and traverse the Woodland Trail until you see the sign for the Bivalve Trail.