Information on:

Assateague Island National Seashore

7206 National Seashore Lane

About Us:

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.

In 1962, Assateague Island National Seashore was established for the purpose of protecting Assateague Island in the states of Virginia and Maryland. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service help protect Assateague Island's splendor. Assateague Island National Seashore is administered to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore's natural environment. Assateague is vital for resting and feeding migratory shorebirds and other abundant bird species. Over 320 species of birds can be found here. Assateague Island is a priceless seashore ecosystem and a sustainable resource that all visitors can appreciate.

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.


Lisa Todd

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Beautiful! We visited in early May. There weren't as many ponies out and about as I read b there will be later in the season, but there were still plenty to see along with other wildlife. There are nature trails and access to the beach and the bay, both with plenty of space to sit down, have lunch, and swim. There is also an interesting audio tour along one of the nature trails. The entrance fee was $20 per car, and the pass is good for a week. It was well with the money. If you have dogs with you, this is the best place to go to see the ponies as the rules for animals are the most flexible. There is a gift shop by bay side with very reasonable prices for souvenirs, drinks, and snacks.

john wilkins

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Beautiful park with something for everyone . The wild horses that roam around the island are the big attraction but the whole island is beautiful. There are lots of different kinds of plants,birds, fish, turtles, deer and other animals there. The beach is large and very clean and nice. There is a gift shop that also offers some snacks and drinks. Employees are very helpful and friendly. Drive slowly because of all the wildlife crossing the roads The cost is $20 for a car load unless you have national pass

Braxton Frindt

Thursday, July 5, 2018
My family stayed in Ocean City, M.D. for vacation and made Assateague a day trip. Well we ended up liking it so much we ended up going back again the next day. The beaches were less crowded and less groomed. Which meant more seashell finds for us. The wild horses were very calm and very comfortable around the people at the beach. The water on the ocean side was much more blue than even a couple miles north at the ocean city beach. It took us about 20 minutes to get from ocmd to the state park entrance. Also on the bay side you can rent canoes, kayaks, clam rakes etc to go out on the bay and see some of the wild life.

Becca Pennington

Sunday, July 8, 2018
I've only ever been to the VA side, but went to the MD side this time, and was really impressed. Not as much interaction with the horses in MD as in VA, but there weren't nearly as many people either. And you can bring your dog to almost any beach! Loved it! The VA side has a lot more biking trails that the MD side can't compete with, but it was so much less foot traffic!

Dana Stone

Friday, June 8, 2018
This would rate as one of the all-time best beaches I've visited. Non-commercial and free of buildings and the usual mundane tourist traps found at most beaches. Most delightfully, you can take your dog (must stay on a leash). Nearby, the wild ponies delighted us. Definitely worth a visit and i can't wait to get back.

Assateague Island National Seashore is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media