• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

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  • Backcountry Camping Closures

    Pope Bay, Green Run, Pine Tree & Tingles Island backcountry campsites will be closed on these dates due to hunting seasons: October 15-25, 2014; November 13-15, 2014; November 29-December 13, 2014; January 16-19, 2015 More »

  • Virginia District - Over Sand Vehicle Zone (OSV) to Close at 4 pm, October 27 Due to Rocket Launch

    Virgina District OSV zone will be closed to everyone at 4 pm on October 27 and will re-open sometime after the launch window expires. More »

Getting Ready for 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Assateague Island National Seashore is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!

 

  • Ditch the Ditch

    Aerial view of the ditches crisscrossing a wetland

    Since 2008, Assateague Island National Seashore has been actively filling ditches, originally dug to drain wetlands and control mosquito populations. Research indicates otherwise and the restored wetlands allows for better and slower filtration, as well as natural habitat for animals that eat mosquitos. Read more

  • Wading Into the Past

    A shipwreck exposed in the surf after a storm.

    People have long relied on Assateague Island for survival, livelihood, community, and enjoyment. Those who have spent time on and around the island have changed it and been changed by it. Read more

  • Getting Wet Feet with the Assateague Adventure Academy

    Three children using equipment to capture mole crabs in the surf

    Assateague Island National Seashore held its first Assateague Adventure Academy for elementary and middle summer students from Worcester County, Maryland. One hundred and forty five summer school students and teachers visited the island once a week for four weeks to take part in a variety of immersive programs which included kayaking, hiking, mole crab surveys and more. Read more

Did You Know?

Surfmen of the U.S. Life-Saving Service at the Assateague Beach Lifesaving Station. 4 kb

"You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Such was the life of a surfman from fall to spring. The forgotten heroes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service rescued numerous shipwreck victims from Assateague's waters. The island was home to 4 Life-Saving Stations in the late 1800's-early 1900's.