Accomack County is located on Virginia’s scenic Eastern Shore. Bordered by shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east you can enjoy the serenity of the undisturbed beaches. The county offers miles of farmland, vineyards and small towns rich in culture and history as well as the famous Chincoteague Island Wild Ponies. Outdoor recreation possibilities are numerous and varied. Activities enjoyed by visitors include boating, swimming, hiking, biking, camping, crabbing, fishing, or simply observing wildlife in its natural setting. Miles of unspoiled ocean beaches are available on the barrier islands that line the coast.
The 9,000-acre Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is in northern Accomack County. This refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that permits swimming, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and provides narrated tours. The annual penning and auctioning of wild ponies in the area is a major event for the community. Typically, as many as 50,000 persons are drawn to the area for the week long celebration and carnival associated with the pony penning.
The Nature Conservatory and the state and federal governments maintain a 45-mile stretch of oceanside barrier islands in their natural state. The public can access most of these islands. They are renowned for their expansive beaches, surrounding lush salt marshes, and great concentrations of shorebirds, seabirds, and migrating water fowl.
Seasonal festivals and special events such as the Chincoteague Seafood Festival and the Eastern Shore Birding Festival continue to attract thousands of patrons from surrounding areas to celebrate the amenities and lifestyle found on Virginia's Eastern Shore.