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    Anyone familiar with bridges to Chincoteague Island (eastern VA/MD)?

    Chincoteague Island is a barrier island on the eastern edge of the Delmarva Peninsula. There are two bridges connecting the mainland with this island. The southern one is several short spans on highway 175 (in Virginia). The northern one is a longer span in Maryland on highway 611.

    Has anyone ridden or driven over these bridges and can tell me if they can be ridden on a bike?

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    Google maps shows a road connection between the Assateague Island end (MD 611) and Chincoteague. I am not sure it is really there unless you ride down the beach itself. I'd call the park service or check out the park website.

    Edit: I just looked. I think you will have to call the park office to find out. The online map (pdf) shows the paved road stopping at the campsites (north end) and several wildlife loops (south end). In-between is the off-road vehicle area, no idea if the vehicle limits or permits are applied to bikes or if the terrain is bikeable. I expect the restrictions on endangered species nesting areas are applicable. The on line info for biking does not mention riding the off-road track to get from one end to the other.

    The Seagull Century uses Rt 611, so it is very bikeable (use the sidewalk and mind any crosswinds and the ponies). Don't recall the bikeability of 175, assume it is doable.

    If you go in late spring or summer, expect swarms of mosquitoes on Chincoteague and anywhere on Assateague that isn't getting a breeze off the beach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raybo View Post
    Chincoteague Island is a barrier island on the eastern edge of the Delmarva Peninsula. There are two bridges connecting the mainland with this island. The southern one is several short spans on highway 175 (in Virginia). The northern one is a longer span in Maryland on highway 611.

    Has anyone ridden or driven over these bridges and can tell me if they can be ridden on a bike?

    Thanks,

    Ray
    The bridge on 611 has a separate bike path on it (south side of the bridge) as you head east.

    I haven't been on the VA one... yet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ks1g View Post
    If you go in late spring or summer, expect swarms of mosquitoes on Chincoteague and anywhere on Assateague that isn't getting a breeze off the beach.
    I guess some things never change. Lived there back in late 50's. Was pretty bad for mosquito's then even with DDT (oh the bad things we did back then) must be worse now?

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