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Assateague Island National Seashore
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Assateague Island National Seashore

A lovely barrier island stretching 37 miles along the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, Assateague Island National Seashore provides a rich diversity of wildlife and outdoor recreation. Explore coastal bays, maritime forests, salt marshes and miles of sandy beaches. Go biking, kayaking, clamming or fishing and get a close look at the island's famous wild horses, rare birds and deer. An ideal setting for nature enthusiasts, this popular attraction is a must-see for anyone who appreciates scenic beauty.


Prices -

$8.00 1-day Vehicle Pass; $15.00 7-day Vehicle Pass

Hours -

January-March: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; April: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May-September: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; October 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; November-December: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Events -



  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Kayak tours
  • Clamming
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Beach hiking


  • What animals are here?

    The Assateague Island National Seashore provides refuge for a number of fascinating birds and mammals, including the Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Sika Deer, Assateague Wild Pony, Red Fox, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, Great Horned Owl and the Peregrine Falcon.
  • Is parking free?

    Although there is no fee for pedestrian and bicycle access, there is an $8 one-day vehicle fee and a $15 seven-day vehicle fee. Note that evening beach parking is only permitted for visitors who are actively engaged in recreation.

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