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Chincoteague Island KOA Resort is a campground in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. It is located only a few miles from Assateague Island National Seashore, home of the famous Chincoteague ponies.
The campground became a part of KOA (Kampgrounds of America) a few years ago, and since then major renovations have occurred including a brand new water park onsite, called Maui Jack’s.
There are several options for accommodations when staying at the campground. Of course, there is tent camping and rental spaces for RVs. In addition to the traditional options, cabins, rental RVs, and safari tents for glamping are also available.
Glamping is a newer concept, where large, furnished tents are provided for the guests. The tents include beds (with mattresses) and electricity. The accommodations are still a bit primitive, so you can get the camping experience without setting up your own tent.
A safari tent could be a good way to slowly introduce your child to regular tent camping. The glamping tents looked very cute and comfy and include two double beds and a futon.
For accomodations without bathrooms, the campground has bathhouses open 24/7. Since we were in a deluxe cabin we had our own bathroom inside the cabin, but I peeked in the bathrooms. They looked nice and well maintained.
A few types of cabins are available to choose at the campground. Deluxe cabins include two bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen bed, while the other has bunk beds.
The cabin also features pretty much a full kitchen (refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave) and two TVs. There’s a kitchen table and a sofa. Linens are provided for the bedrooms, and towels are provided for the bathroom.
My favorite feature of the cabins was the screened porch. It is a great place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the campground, while being protected from the sun and bugs.
Each deluxe cabin also has a patio with patio table and chairs, a charcoal grill, and chiminea. Camping cabins, pictured above, have picnic tables.
Activities are available each day in the Activity Center located in the same building as the campground store and office. Each weekend has a theme, and their activities are centered around that theme. When we visited there was finger painting, bingo, and crafts.
In the evening, we also attended a karaoke session in the pavilion by the water. On select nights, there’s also a s’mores social and souvenir photo key chains at the community fire pit.
Tour Shuttle / Trolley
The campground offers a complimentary shuttle that makes stops at Assateague National Seashore beach, as well as places in town such as shops and restaurants. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable about the Chincoteague ponies and the island in general.
During our ride to the beach he gave us interesting tidbits of information about the island. He even pulled the shuttle over along the road (in designated areas for pullovers) to look at the ponies. He was very accommodating, and even asked for a time when we would like to be picked up.
The shuttle timings vary because of the traffic that’s on the island each day, so pick up times my fluctuate. We found it best to check in with the campground office to ensure the shuttle was running, and what time to expect it.
For kids, there’s a playground with a pirate ship, swings, and slides close to the entrance and tent sites at the campground. Another favorite attraction is the large jumping pillow located beside the playground.
The campground also has a swimming pool. Bikes, kayaks, and golf carts are available to rent at the campground. A beautiful dock sits along the water and is the kayak launch site.
We often walked out onto the dock to enjoy the view of the water and the Assateague light house. We even saw some people crabbing from the dock. Tent spaces are available along this area, and they have an amazing view.
Of course, a highlight of the KOA attractions is the new water park. A short walk from the campground, Maui Jack’s water park includes three body slides, two speed slides, a lazy river and a kiddie slide and splash structure.
Food and Restaurants
Onsite, Keko’s Bar and Grill is available for adult beverages, snacks, pizza, and more. It’s attached to the water park, but admission to the water park is not required to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the beach games and atmosphere.
Chincoteague Island has a wide variety of eateries. While a few traditional restaurants dot the main road through town, food trucks and laid back causal eateries are more of a staple in town.
Eating at picnic tables with your feet in the sand is typical in Chincoteague Island. Several food trucks line the main road right beside the KOA. The atmosphere and decor is very unique and inviting.
Tips for Visiting Chincoteague Island KOA Resort
- If you’d like to rent a golf cart for transportation around the campground, reserve ahead of time. The golf carts are popular, and the selection is limited.
- Explore the food truck and eatery options on the island. Tacos, BBQ, and Build Your Own Cookie are some favorites.
- Bring ingredients for s’mores, cause there’s plenty of opportunities to indulge in this camping treat.
- Taking the KOA trolley to Assateague National Seashore will avoid the $20 entrance fee per car.
- The Assateague Island lighthouse has limited hours, so check their website before venturing down the path. It’s not a long walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot, but bring bug spray.
- Scooters or buggies are available from rental places along the main road, and it makes for a fun mode of transportation around the island.
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