Basic Information

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

There are two entrances to Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague's north entrance is at the end of Route 611, eight miles south of Ocean City, MD. The south entrance is at the end of Route 175, two miles east of Chincoteague, VA. There is no vehicle access between the two entrances on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance.

Assateague Island National Seashore - Maryland District

Open year round, 24 hours a day.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Assateague Island National Seashore - Virginia District

Open January-February: 6 am - 6 pm. March-April: 6 am - 8 pm. May-September: 5 am - 10 pm. October: 6 am - 8 pm. November-December: 6 am - 6 pm.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: -
  • Monday: -
  • Tuesday: -
  • Wednesday: -
  • Thursday: -
  • Friday: -
  • Saturday: -

Spring: Often windy and cool with lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's. Summer: Hot and humid with lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. Fall: Warm with lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Winter: Damp cold and often windy. Lows in the 20's, highs in the 40's.

Entrance Fees:

Assateague 7 day per vehicle pass - $20.00

Entrance into Assateague Island National Seashore & Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Valid for 7 days.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Weekly Pass - $20.00

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Daily Pass is valid for vehicle entry to Assateague Island National Seashore for 7 days. Purchased at the Chincoteague NWR.

Entrance Passes:

Assateague Island National Seashore Annual Pass - $40.00

Valid for 1 year from month of purchase for entry to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Pass - $40.00

(valid for 1 year)

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Beach Parking Permit - $15.00

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Annual Beach Parking Permit combined with the Federal Duck Stamp will gain entry into Assateague Island National Seashore for 1 vehicle. (valid for 1 year, July 1 to June 30, at all National Wildlife Refuges)

Toms Cove Visitor Center

The Toms Cove Visitor Center is located in the Virginia District within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Exhibits: Beachcombing exhibits, educational brochures, a marine aquarium and touch tank. Facilities: A bookstore, entrance passes, over-sand vehicle permits, overnight fishing passes, campfire reservations, lost and found and emergency services. Programs: Regularly scheduled park activities are available seasonally. Education programs for schools are given spring and fall.

Assateague Island Visitor Center

The Assateague Island Visitor Center is located in the Maryland District of Assateague Island before the Verrazzano Bridge entrance into the park. Exhibits: Marine aquariums, touch tank, exhibits, brochures, maps and a film about the wild horses of the island. Facilities: Restrooms, bookstore, entrance passes, lost and found and emergency services. Programs: Regularly scheduled park activities are available seasonally. Education programs for schools are given throughout the year.

 

Assateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. Most of the Maryland district is managed by the National Park Service as Assateague Island National Seashore. The State of Maryland manages two miles of the Maryland district as Assateague State Park. The Virginia district is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Park Service operates the Toms Cove Visitor Center and a recreational beach within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. For additional details, download Planning Your Visit.

 

Assateague Island National Seashore is open year-round. Chincoteague National Wildife Refuge hours change seasonally. There is no vehicle access between the two districts on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance. View the park map for the recommended driving route.

Summers at Assateague are generally hot and humid. Mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats and ticks are abundant from spring through autumn. Insect repellent and/or protective clothing is recommended. It rarely snows in the winter but it is often cold, damp and windy. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended for long walks in the sand and hard soled water shoes/sandals or for wading in bay waters.

 

Avoid Dehydration - #FindYourWater
Maryland District
Visitors have several options to access drinking water in the National Seashore. Public water fountains are located at the Barrier Island Visitor Center and at the North Beach Pavilion. Bottled water is seasonally available at the Beach Hut at North Beach and at the Kayak rental on Bayside Drive.

Virginia District
Visitors have limited options to access drinking water in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Plan ahead and bring your own bottles of water or containers to fill. A public water fountain is seasonally available at the Toms Cove Visitor Center, located a short distance from the ocean along Beach Road. Another public water fountain is available inside the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center; bottled water may also be available at this location.

 
Rules & Regulations
Our Superintendent's Compendium is a good place to start for designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. (pdf file, 1.2Mb)
Visit our Laws & Policies page for regulations on personal watercraft and firearms in the park.

Last updated: August 27, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Phone:

(410) 641-1441

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