Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague Island

Must see · National Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Witness wild ponies running free on 16,720 hectares (41,320 acres) at Assateague Island National Seashore, a portion of Assateague Island run by the National Park Service. Stop in at the visitors center before crossing over into the park. Walk the shores of its famous white sand beaches, take a short hike, swim anywhere on the island, or even go fishing (Maryland fishing license required). While the island hosts a variety of birds, it is most well-known for its free-roaming, wild ponies. These Assateague Island wild ponies wander along the beaches near Chincoteague, Virginia, and Ocean City, Maryland. In addition to participating in recreational activities available on the Island, take a tour to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Our Assateague Island trip builder app makes visiting Assateague Island National Seashore and other Assateague Island attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Spent a nice afternoon there during the 1st week of October. It was our first time & did not realize how big this state park was. We saw some horses near the road as we drove thru the park. Parked at....  more »
  • This place is heaven. May possibly be the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to. We visited in the off-season, so there weren’t too many people. The wide-open beaches and...  more »
  • Beautiful, beautiful! My first visit here. The wild horses were out doing their thing. The weather was perfect and the beach was mostly empty. The atmosphere was much calmer than that of ocean city and so was the water. Can't wait to return.
  • I went here for the Blueberry Festival, but enjoyed much more. On my way to the beach, i saw the ponies grazing in the field. I had a delicious take out meal at Captain Zack's twice. They were very helpful & the food was delicious! The island people have a laid back, caring attitude. This is a beautiful place to be.
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