Assateague Island National Seashore

The Assateague Island National Seashore is one of the most exciting reserves in the country. At 37 miles in length, the island is the longest barrier island along the region of the mid-Atlantic states and is but a part of the National Seashore's total area. Adjacent marsh islands, much of the waters between the island and Maryland or Virginia, and the Assateague Island Visitor Center located on Maryland's mainland are included in the 41,346 acres that make up the National Seashore. Officially, the island is divided in two, with Maryland governing the northern section and Virginia handling the south part. Organizations within the preserve include the Assateague State Park and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Over a million visitors seek the wildlife, peaceful beaches, and fishing that this national seashore offers each year by traveling from urban centers like Salisbury, MD, through two local cities—Ocean City, MD, and Chincoteague, VA.

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Things To Do Near Assateague Island National Seashore

There is no end to the activities available at Assateague Island National Seashore. Visitors find plenty of hiking opportunities inland as well as anywhere they wish along the beaches. For those who prefer an active beach with pounding waves, there is the east side of the island, and on the west side, waves gently lap the shoreline. Fishing is one of the most pursued activities on the island. Wildlife is abundant, even to the extent of a wild herd of horses, and the calm of the beach lends itself well to sunbathing during the day and stargazing at night.

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How To Get To Assateague Island National Seashore

Getting to Assateague Island National Seashore from Salisbury, MD, via Ocean City is straightforward. Get onto United States Highway 50 East (US-50 E) and drive for 16.9 miles. Take the right ramp to get onto Maryland Highway 90 (MD-90) and go for 11.8 miles. Turn left onto Maryland Coastal Highway 528 North (MD-528 N) and drive 2.1 miles into Ocean City. Once you are in Ocean City, get onto Stephen Decatur Highway and drive south for 8.2 miles to the Assateague Island National Seashore entrance.

The Assateague Island National Seashore is open year-round to visitors. Some prefer to visit during the summer months to bask in the heat; others prefer to come during the winter and enjoy the storms, but most stay in the spring or fall months when migratory birds blanket the swamps, dunes, and forests. No matter which seasons you prefer, this seashore is a beautiful place to spend time.


7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811

Fee: Entry fee (foot or bicycle traffic) $0

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle for one day) $10.0

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle for seven days) $25.0

Fee: Entry fee (annual park pass per vehicle) $45.0

Fee: Entry fee (per motorcycle for seven days) $20.0

Fee: Entry fee (for individuals arriving by taxi or bus) $15.0

Visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore find one of the most pleasant experiences they will enjoy on the United States' East Coast. Visitors from distant parts find it best to camp here in an RV, not only for the comfort but also for the scenic trip they enjoy on the way here.