Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland)

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  • Melissa H.
    "Bring bug spray for night hikes on the beach & lighthouse hike."(7 Tips)
    Nadia S.
    "Beautiful beaches, trails and wild ponies!"(4 Tips)
    Todd S.
    "View beautiful wildlife, lovely nature trails and wild horses"(2 Tips)
    Jake C.
    "Incredible wildlife, amazing views and a quality beach."(5 Tips)
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  • Greatist
    GreatistSeptember 26, 2014
    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
  • Victor 🌴 M.
    Victor 🌴 MarantoAugust 28, 2016
    Escape the crowds, If you have a 4wd get a pass to drive on the beach. 12+ miles of beach on the MD side. No crowds, wild ponies. What's not to like? This is total relaxation!!
  • Bobby P.
    Bobby PApril 21, 2012
    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.
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole Riley1 week ago
    Re:Maryland side of the park. The beach has a snack shop, indoor and outdoor showers, and beach rentals. If you bring food, the horses might come up for a snack.
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa ParrishJuly 13, 2013
    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.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RJuly 20, 2013
    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!
  • Trails.com
    Trails.comMay 30, 2013
    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
  • Jake C.
    Jake CharlesJuly 16, 2013
    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.
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OverholtJune 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    This is a nice escape from Ocean City, MD... A lot of scenic observation points and a great visitor center. There's a lifeguarded beach and wild ponies. Maybe you'll be lucky and find some treasure!!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HomboskyAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The horseflies are huge and the mosquitos bigger. Bring bug spray for night hikes on the beach & lighthouse hike. Check the Tom Cove visitor center for free or cheap activities for kids & adults.
  • Karin M.
    Karin MoyerSeptember 5, 2013
    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.
  • Anthony D Paul
    Anthony D PaulApril 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelJune 21, 2015
    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
  • Sharon C.
    Sharon CJuly 21, 2013
    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.
  • Nathan D.
    Nathan DeisemOctober 24, 2015
    Amazing scenery, wild life, water (both Ocean and back bays), claming, fishing, family fun. This place has it all and then some!
  • CNN
    CNNJanuary 27, 2015
    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
  • Dan M.
    Dan MorrisonSeptember 30, 2010
    Make sure you move your fire pit to a location that receives the least wind. This sight offers a GREAT view of the ocean but you'll burn through wood quickly if it's out in the open.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MorrisonSeptember 29, 2010
    Head up 376 about 2 miles. Look for the machine shoal on your left. $15 gets you enough firewood for 3 nights. They also offer smaller bundles for $10 and buckets full for $2!
  • Callie A.
    Callie AlvanitakisAugust 15, 2014
    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!
  • Zach F.
    Zach FraileyAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin ArsenaultAugust 11, 2014
    Unreal sand, regular waves. Great for families. Bring your own snacks and beers.
  • Kamau M.
    Kamau McAbeeSeptember 3, 2012
    Absolutely beautiful beach. The biting flies & mosquitos can be unforgiving. Bring Avon skin so soft and an umbrella.
  • Lorraine E.
    Lorraine EspositoAugust 10, 2012
    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.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    After the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, the federal government banned development on this 37-mile stretch of pristine beach. Today, there are no houses here, just campsites. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    After the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, the federal government banned development on this 37-mile stretch of pristine beach. Today, there are no houses here, just campsites. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Corey L.
    Corey LarsonMay 30, 2012
    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!
  • Dan M.
    Dan MorrisonSeptember 30, 2010
    For firewood... Head up 386 about 2 miles. On your left will be a machine shop that sells firewood on the honor system. Enough wood for 2 nights is $15. They sell smaller amounts as well.
  • Tandy B.
    Tandy BolenAugust 23, 2014
    Everything. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I've been.
  • Hey P.
    Hey PeopleJuly 17, 2015
    A very nice, relaxing island and it HAS WILD PONIES! I really dude fan girl over that.
  • Corey L.
    Corey LarsonMay 30, 2012
    Showers are COLD, leave a container of water in your car while @ the beach; you'll have warm water to clean up with.
  • J
    JJuly 6, 2013
    Crowded around the parking area .. But very few people when u walk down a few hundred feet
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokMay 28, 2016
    Bring mosquito repellent if you are going anywhere else but the eastern beach
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Ty B.
    Ty BurrowbridgeSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick up your trash, put your umbrella more than 3" deep in the sand, and for Christ sake do not feed the seagulls.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CarterJune 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't feed the horses.The horses are walking all over people blankets,crushing phones and are eating people's food.
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SwanApril 12
    Beautiful beaches, trails and wild ponies!
  • Dillon N.
    Dillon NicholsJuly 5, 2011
    Remember to bring some bug spray! Only a half mile walk on a trail and dozens of bug bites.
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Obviously you have to see the horses! Keep your distance though!
  • Phil L.
    Phil LedererSeptember 6, 2012
    Perfect beach. Drive right up and pitch your umbrella. Ideal location.
  • Leslie D.
    Leslie DavidsonJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beach and wildlife refuge access for vehicles is $8 a day or $15 for a week so bring cash.
  • Monica M.
    Monica McNamaraJune 3, 2012
    The best beach days are when breeze is blowing from the East.
  • David T.
    David TSeptember 1, 2014
    Bring bug spray that works for biting flies. Leave the horses alone.
  • Nacho Z.
    Nacho ZuluNovember 6, 2011
    Stop by in the off season. No bugs and it's still beautiful.
  • Mii K.
    Mii KiiFebruary 27, 2015
    Don't leave food out, the horses will get into it.
  • Jilly S.
    Jilly SunAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take some pics w the wild ponies ! Dolphins in the water everyday is pretty nice too :)
  • Jorieé D.
    Jorieé D.November 26, 2011
    Enjoy the clean beaches, beautiful scenery, and WILD PONIES!
  • Jim F.
    Jim FisherJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There are trash cans, but they're not prevalent. Bring your own bag to collect trash in to keep this shoreline clean.
  • Annie P.
    Annie ParkerJuly 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The insects aren't nearly so bad when the weather has been dry. Bring water.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SherwoodSeptember 13, 2016
    Ditch your car. Bike.
  • Karen R.
    Karen RigginJuly 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You can grill at the end beach!
  • David O.
    David OlsonAugust 17, 2011
    Bring LOTS of bug spray! The mosquitoes are fierce!
  • Don E.
    Don ElkinsMarch 16, 2010
    place to visit the beach in summer instead of the inlet, fewer people.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew ReamsJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice beach but they don't allow pets
  • Arlo H.
    Arlo HemphillOctober 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew ReamsJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very nice rural beach
  • Charlene J.
    Charlene JohnsonOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Clean beautiful beach !
  • Kayla H.
    Kayla HinerOctober 5, 2012
    Bring your bug spray!
  • Roman C.
    Roman CanasJuly 19, 2013
    Water is warmer on the bay side.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MarnellSeptember 7, 2013
    Lots of crabs! Watch out
  • Randy P.
    Randy PurnellSeptember 19, 2015
    Steeler loves Assateague!!!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GutzatMarch 17, 2012
    St. Patrick's Day camping.
  • Todd S.
    Todd StowellMarch 27, 2010
    View beautiful wildlife, lovely nature trails and wild horses
  • Alan J.
    Alan JarmonAugust 6, 2011
    Great...its a pony. Now move on and stop holding up traffic.
  • Joel M.
    Joel ManuelJuly 5, 2013
    The beach was clean, but the water was cold!
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah Williams-LopezAugust 13, 2010
    Make your camping reservation early for summer, it books quickly.
  • madeline s.
    madeline shoresOctober 11, 2011
    Don't forget bug spray. The mosquitoes are fierce.
  • M F.
    M FrenchyJuly 1, 2012
    What does a gay horse eat?
  • Leslie D.
    Leslie DavidsonJuly 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Has nice bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms.
  • J I M M Y S.
    J I M M Y SweetJuly 21, 2012
    Text a hot guy! 301-991-0437
  • Stacey G.
    Stacey GreerJune 29, 2012
    They allow dogs!
  • sam c.
    sam canoteMay 29, 2012
    Get in the water!
  • Bobby P.
    Bobby PAugust 6, 2012
    Nothing more needs be said.
  • Kevin J.
    Kevin JrJuly 5, 2013
    It's wack...not for younger people. Go to OC better.
  • Drew C.
    Drew CulbertJuly 25, 2011
    watch your step.... haha
  • Chris F.
    Chris FukuiJune 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget your firewood!
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YoungJuly 26, 2010
    Great beach!
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