About Wallops Island
Wallops Island has a different look from the other of Virginia’s Barrier Islands. Located just south of the Town of Chincoteague and Assateague Island, facilities supporting NASA, the U.S. Navy and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are located on Wallops. The Island supports a vast array of wildlife including white-tailed deer, Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, loggerhead sea turtles and many waterfowl and shore birds. Wallops is U.S. Government Property and is closed to the public. Home to the launch facilities for NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, rocket launches have been conducted from the barrier island, named after English colonist John Wallop, since 1945. These launches are visible from locations throughout the Eastern Shore of Virginia.