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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Nifty Nifty! Look Who's 50!

Assateague Island National Seashore is turning 50 this year; you're invited to the party! Join us for special events throughout the year.

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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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Over Sand Vehicles

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

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Join the Conversation!

Discover what's new and stay in touch with Assateague through Facebook, Twitter & flickr.

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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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What's a GMP?

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

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