Assateague Island National Seashore

 

Contact Information:

Assateague Island National Seashore
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811
(410) 641-1441

Additional Information:
Official Park Page
Park Map

Need a place to stay?
Maryland Lodging

Books:
Assateague
The Assateague Ponies
Hoofprints In The Sand : Wild Horses of the Atlantic Coast
Assateague: Island of Wild Ponies


Assateague Island National Seashore Storm tossed seas, as well as gentle breezes shape Assateague Island. This barrier island is a tale of constant movement and change.

Bands of wild horses freely roam amongst plants and native animals that have adapted to a life of sand, salt and wind. Special thickened leaves and odd shapes reveal the plant world’s successful struggle here. Ghost crabs buried in the cool beach sand and tree swallows plucking bayberries on their southward migration offer glimpses of the animal world’s connection to Assateague.

Human struggles are intertwined with this island at the ocean’s edge. Gallant surf rescues by the US Life-Saving Service and dashed dreams of a summer beach resort are but a few of the stories told here.

Marine and terrestrial life functioning in concert offer a closer look at a natural and cultural world shaped by forces larger than our own.

First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit.

First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit. (410) 641-3030.

Facilities

Sinepuxent District Ranger Station/Campground Office - Offers campground information and registration, backcountry camping permits, hunting information and off-road vehicle permits. Located in the Maryland District of Assateague Island on east side of Bayberry Drive, after the entrance station. (410) 641-3030.

Barrier Island Visitors Center - The Barrier Island Visitor Center features beachcombing exhibits, educational brochures, nature films, a marine aquarium and touch tank. Regularly scheduled park activities are available seasonally. The Barrier Island Visitor Center is located in the Maryland District of Assateague Island on the southern side of Route 611, before the Verrazzano Bridge entrance into the park. (410) 641-1441.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center - Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center features educational exhibits, brochures, and nature films. Regularly scheduled refuge activities are available seasonally. The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center is located in the Virginia District of Assateague Island, on the north side of Beach Road, 1/4 mile after the entrance station. (757) 336-6122.

Toms Cove Visitors Center - The Toms Cove Visitor Center features beachcombing exhibits, educational brochures, a marine aquarium and touch tank. Regularly scheduled park activities are available seasonally. The Toms Cove Visitor Center is located on the south side of Beach Road, prior to the beach parking areas. (757) 336-6577.

Maryland Entrance Fees:
Foot/Bicycle - No fee
Individual - $3
Motorcycle - $10 (7 days)
Vehicle - $15 (7 days)
Refuge Annual Pass - $30 (Valid from 1/1 - 12/31)

Getting There:
There are two entrances to Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague's north entrance is at the end of Route 611, eight miles south of Ocean City, MD. The south entrance is at the end of Route 175, two miles from Chincoteague, VA. There is no vehicle access between the two entrances on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance.