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.

Assateague beach with birds at surf's edge
Current Conditions

Barrier islands are all about change. Stay updated on park conditions.

view of the front of the campground office/contact station in the Maryland District
Operating Hours & Seasons

Assateague Island isn't the only thing changing around here - our hours change too! Check out what's open & when.

Fee ranger handing pass to visitor in vehicle.
Fees & Passes

Learn more about fees, passes and fee free days at the park!

Camping site with RV, picnic table, chairs and American flag
Camping at Assateague

Camping at Assateague can be an amazing experience if you plan ahead! Be prepared for camping on a barrier island.

Visitors kayaking on the bayside of Assateague
Things to Do

Kayaking is just one of the ways to explore Assateague. Stop at the visitor centers to discover other ways to enjoy your park.

view looking north on Assateague beach from behind an over sand vehicle (OSV)
Over Sand Vehicles (OSV)

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

Park Ranger teaches visitors about clamming.
Ranger Guided Programs

Join us on a ranger guided program and learn more about the barrier island environment.

lifeguard updating beach & surf conditions display board at the beach
Safety: Protect Yourself in Your Park!

You'll enjoy your visit to Assateague more if you are prepared for beach & surf conditions, weather, sun, heat, biting insects and more.

Wild Horses on Assateague
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.

photo of 2 children crabbing on Assateague
Kids & Youth

Explore resources for kids of all ages to do at home or in a park to learn more about nature, history, and culture in parks.

The iconic ranger hat, park map and a water bottle overlooking Toms Cove
Plan like a Ranger with these 10 tips

"I wish I knew that before we got here," is not a phrase we want you to say on your visit. Check out how rangers plan a trip to Assateague.

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Download the NPS App!

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Last updated: April 5, 2024

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Contact Info

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7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


410 641-1441

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