Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland)

National Park and Beach
7206 National Seashore Ln (over Verrazano Bridge), Berlin, MD 21811, United States
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  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    Melissa H.
    "Bring bug spray for night hikes on the beach & lighthouse hike."(7 Tips)
    Kamau M.
    "The biting flies & mosquitos can be unforgiving."(4 Tips)
    Todd S.
    "View beautiful wildlife, lovely nature trails and wild horses"(2 Tips)
    Benjamin O.
    "There's a lifeguarded beach and wild ponies."(2 Tips)
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  • Nathan D.

    Amazing scenery, wild life, water (both Ocean and back bays), claming, fishing, family fun. This place has it all and then some!

    Nathan Deisem · October 24, 2015
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  • Randy P.

    Steeler loves Assateague!!!

    Randy Purnell · September 19, 2015
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  • Hey P.

    A very nice, relaxing island and it HAS WILD PONIES! I really dude fan girl over that.

    Hey People · July 17, 2015
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  • Chrissy N.

    Unfortunate that the northern and southern ends are not connected-very small park on the north side, but nice beach access. More trails and the lighthouse on the south end

    Chrissy Nickel · June 21, 2015
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  • Matt C.

    Don't feed the horses.The horses are walking all over people blankets,crushing phones and are eating people's food.

    Matt Carter · June 14, 2015
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  • Mary-Katherine M.

    Obviously you have to see the horses! Keep your distance though!

    Mary-Katherine McKenzie · May 23, 2015
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  • Mii K.

    Don't leave food out, the horses will get into it.

    Mii Kii · February 27, 2015
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  • CNN

    Assateague Island National Seashore is home to feral horses. The national seashore is located in Maryland and Virginia, and each state has a herd of horses. Read more

    CNN · January 27, 2015
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  • Greatist

    Enjoy relaxing on the 37 miles of beach or hiking by day, and buckle down your tent right by the crashing waves for a night under the stars. There’s even a community of wild horses. How exotic! Read more

    Greatist · September 26, 2014
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  • David T.

    Bring bug spray that works for biting flies. Leave the horses alone.

    David T · September 1, 2014
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  • Robert P.

    Nobody's really going to bust you if you bring alcohol to the beach, but do not litter at all. This is a national park, after all.

    Robert Packard · August 29, 2014
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  • Tandy B.

    Everything. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I've been.

    Tandy Bolen · August 23, 2014
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  • Callie A.

    Rules don't apply on Assateague. Sign at the beach: "no dogs." We saw about a dozen. Sign at the campsite: "no ground fires." There were fire rings all over. So have fun! Do whatever you want!

    Callie Alvanitakis · August 15, 2014
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  • Kevin A.

    Unreal sand, regular waves. Great for families. Bring your own snacks and beers.

    Kevin Arsenault · August 11, 2014
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  • Charlene J.

    Clean beautiful beach !

    Charlene Johnson · October 19, 2013
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  • Arlo H.

    Beautiful.

    Arlo Hemphill · October 1, 2013
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  • Tim M.

    Lots of crabs! Watch out

    Tim Marnell · September 7, 2013
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  • Karin M.

    Beautiful! So peaceful. Places to pull over on the drive to the beach to bird watch. One day the horses were kind of close. Nice porch at the visitor's center to sit and rock and look at the water.

    Karin Moyer · September 5, 2013
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  • Sharon C.

    Be sure to Stop into the visitors center at Toms Cove on your first day on the island. They have great activities for families and kids. Many of these are free.

    Sharon C · July 21, 2013
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  • Stephanie R.

    1 of the best camping spots. Don't recommend summer tho. Bugs & heat bad. Bring firewood-place right before u enter, bugspray & sunscreen! Lots of ponies..beware they r wild & come right into sites!

    Stephanie R · July 20, 2013
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  • Roman C.

    Water is warmer on the bay side.

    Roman Canas · July 19, 2013
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  • Andrew R.

    Nice beach but they don't allow pets

    Andrew Reams · July 18, 2013
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  • Andrew R.

    Very nice rural beach

    Andrew Reams · July 17, 2013
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  • Jake C.

    Incredible wildlife, amazing views and a quality beach. Even a snack bar on the North Beach! Divided into federal and state parks that preserve the ponies & gorgeously innate wildlife.

    Jake Charles · July 16, 2013
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  • Melissa P.

    Beautiful scenery and beaches. We got lucky and saw TONS of ponies but be prepared you might not see any. It costs to go into the park, but the pass was good for a week so well worth it.

    Melissa Parrish · July 13, 2013
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  • J

    Crowded around the parking area .. But very few people when u walk down a few hundred feet

    J · July 6, 2013
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  • Joel M.

    The beach was clean, but the water was cold!

    Joel Manuel · July 5, 2013
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  • Kevin J.

    It's wack...not for younger people. Go to OC better.

    Kevin Jr · July 5, 2013
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  • Trails.com

    The Maryland side offers more beach and primitive camping facilities, and the Virginia side more migratory birds, denser pine forests, more wildlife viewing, and delights like Assateague Lighthouse! Read more

    Trails.com · May 30, 2013
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  • Kayla H.

    Bring your bug spray!

    Kayla Hiner · October 5, 2012
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  • Phil L.

    Perfect beach. Drive right up and pitch your umbrella. Ideal location.

    Phil Lederer · September 6, 2012
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  • Kamau M.

    Absolutely beautiful beach. The biting flies & mosquitos can be unforgiving. Bring Avon skin so soft and an umbrella.

    Kamau McAbee · September 3, 2012
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  • Lorraine E.

    Bring your bug spray if you go into the marsh area to see the ponies. The flies bite hard and I hear the ponies will too so keep your distance.

    Lorraine Esposito · August 10, 2012
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  • Zach F.

    Park at the very end of the beach near the Over Sand Vehicle entrance. Just a short walk from the lot, the beach is much less crowded.

    Zach Frailey · August 8, 2012
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  • Bobby P.

    Nothing more needs be said.

    Bobby P · August 6, 2012
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  • J I M M Y S.

    Text a hot guy! 301-991-0437

    J I M M Y Sweet · July 21, 2012
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  • Jim F.

    There are trash cans, but they're not prevalent. Bring your own bag to collect trash in to keep this shoreline clean.

    Jim Fisher · July 11, 2012
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  • Karen R.

    You can grill at the end beach!

    Karen Riggin · July 7, 2012
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  • Annie P.

    The insects aren't nearly so bad when the weather has been dry. Bring water.

    Annie Parker · July 6, 2012
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  • M F.

    What does a gay horse eat?

    M Frenchy · July 1, 2012
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  • Stacey G.

    They allow dogs!

    Stacey Greer · June 29, 2012
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  • Monica M.

    The best beach days are when breeze is blowing from the East.

    Monica McNamara · June 3, 2012
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  • Corey L.

    Showers are COLD, leave a container of water in your car while @ the beach; you'll have warm water to clean up with.

    Corey Larson · May 30, 2012
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  • Corey L.

    Bring a large container of H2O and leave in your car while enjoying the beach. You'll have warm water to clean up with. Beach showers COLD!

    Corey Larson · May 30, 2012
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  • sam c.

    Get in the water!

    sam canote · May 29, 2012
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  • Bobby P.

    Best place camp, and have fun. Get the OSV pass for $90. It's so worth the money. There is no entry fee to the island and you ride the beach year round. Its Aways A Blast. P.S.- and there's wild life.

    Bobby P · April 21, 2012
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  • Anthony D Paul

    If it's a holiday weekend, get here early! Other times are fine. Get the annual pass if you plan on coming more than once. Same cost as two visits and good year-round!

    Anthony D Paul · April 4, 2012
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  • Michael G.

    St. Patrick's Day camping.

    Michael Gutzat · March 17, 2012
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  • Jorieé D.

    Enjoy the clean beaches, beautiful scenery, and WILD PONIES!

    Jorieé D. · November 26, 2011
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  • Nacho Z.

    Stop by in the off season. No bugs and it's still beautiful.

    Nacho Zulu · November 6, 2011
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