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Photograph the Assateague Lighthouse

Chincoteague, Virginia

based on 3 reviews



0.25 miles

Elevation Gain

25 ft

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Added by Melissa Couture

A great lighthouse that you can photograph from many angles

The majestic red and white-striped Assateague Lighthouse sits like a grand decoration on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge The coloring of a lighthouse, along with its particular pattern of flashing lights, is designed to make it highly visible to a boat in the adjacent ocean.

The Assateague Lighthouse is approximately 1/4 mile away from Chincoteague Island and visitors can drive there from Chincoteague in about 5 minutes. The parking area is the first one on the right when you enter the wildlife refuge. Visitors to the Maryland side of Assateague can drive to this area in about an hour. Assateague's lighthouse has twin rotating lights that flash one after the other from a height of 154 feet above sea level. The lights can be seen 19 miles out to sea. The Assateague Lighthouse stands 142 feet high, its base over 27 feet in diameter.

It is even possible to climb the lighthouse for free, check website for seasonal schedule 

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Photograph the Assateague Lighthouse Reviews

Loved this lighthouse and how easy it was to access it. The trail to get there is very flat and short. It's in the forrest so not much scenery other than the lighthouse itself, but it's worth the stop.

Came here for a day while on vacation with my family as a kid. I remember all the "wild" horses hanging out in the parking lot by the beach, waiting to see if anyone would feed them. Not the most impressive lighthouse or location, but the structure was in good condition at the time.

This is a beautiful lighthouse and beautiful area. If you are walking the short trail up to the lighthouse, be prepared for mosquitos! I walked in took some photos and ran back to the car, I have never been around mosquitos so bad!

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