Life on the Edge

Want to live on the edge? Visit a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.


Wild horses on Assateague beach

Wild Horses

Enjoy their beauty from a distance, and you can help make sure these extraordinary wild horses will continue to thrive on Assateague Island.

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A park ranger offers helpful tips to a young visitor using a seine net to collect marine organisms that thrive in the marshes and bay.

Ranger-Guided Programs

A variety of ranger-guided programs are available to encourage visitors of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the barrier island environment.

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What's a GMP?

Help shape the park's future! Participate in developing our new General Management Plan.

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recruitment flyer for surf lifeguards in 2016

Now Hiring Surf Lifeguards!

Are you a certified life guard? Can you swim 500 yards in under 10 minutes & run 1.5 miles in under 12 minutes? If so, we want you on our team!

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Over Sand Vehicles

Get your permit for an adventurous getaway in the Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone.

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Tent in the oceanside campground.

Camping at Assateague

Make some memories camping at the beach. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

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Join Our Friends Group!

The Assateague Island Alliance was created to support the preservation, education, stewardship, and recreational opportunities of the park.

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