Located within driving distance from Washington, D.C., Philly, and New York, Assateague Island National Seashore is best known for the small feral horses that roam freely on the beaches (although commonly referred to as “ponies,” the horses owe their diminutive stature to their salt-heavy diet). Don't miss the annual summer fundraiser, when a portion of the horses are escorted by “saltwater cowboys” as they swim to nearby Chincoteague Island.
“37-mile-long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia”
Assateague Island is managed by three official park agencies. Assateague Island National Seashore is cared for and managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Department of Natural Resources. Visitors to the park in Virginia enjoy the beach plus find opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1943). The beach, wildlife, dunes, wetlands & marsh islands are protected for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment. Assateague Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East Coast residents. Sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach. This is considered one of best beaches on the entire East Coast. Search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands. You can enjoy swimming in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic coastline here or just relax on Assateague's vast unspoiled beaches. The Assateague Lighthouse is on the way to the beach and it is one of the most famous in the nation. You will find nearby amenities at Chincoteague Island and Ocean City such as seafood restaurants and lodging in the form of hotels, cottages, beach houses, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts. Visitor attractions and a relaxing atmosphere make Assateague Island a great destination. Be prepared to have fun, and you may want to visit Assateague again on your next vacation.
I camped there a few years back, went to the bathroom after dark, walk into a 2 foot whole and ripped my ankle to shreds, come to find out a women just a few days before this another women fell into the same hole and broke her ankle..told the office about it and they did not even care, not even sure if they even went to fill the hole in..had to have 2 surgery's last year to finally fix the damage..Not a good vacation at all
Go for a long walk on the beach and see wild horses playing in the ocean. The seashore is also a wildlife refuge for wild ponies, and you can camp on the beach with them!
Assateague Island is stunning. Every inch has a view.
It's also completely drivable, which is a bonus. They have scenic stops where you can park, and get out to hike a trail, or walk along the beach.
Wild horses also live on the Island.
Wild horses and camping at the beach or bayside...what a perfect combination! The beach is wide and long. The island is always interesting because of the wild horses and their antics.
With beautiful marshlands and breathtaking views, sit, relax, and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean at Assateague Island. Embrace something new and witness wild Chincoteague ponies wandering the beach in their natural habitat.
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Maryland!
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Assateague Island National Seashore
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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