Fees & Passes

The Assateague Island Visitor Center (MD district) and the Toms Cove Visitor Center (VA district) are now cashless. Entrance passes and donations are CARD ONLY.
For any cash entrance fees or donations, please visit the Ranger Station (MD district).

Beginning Monday, January 1, 2024 entrance passes will no longer be sold at the Toms Cove Visitor Center (VA district). This transition is being made to reduce duplication, improve efficiencies and to remain in compliance with National Park Service Fee Collection regulations.

Entrance passes include:

  • Weekly (7 day) Park Entrance Pass
  • Assateague Island Annual Park Pass
  • America the Beautiful passes including:
    • Annual Pass
    • Senior Annual/Lifetime
    • Military Annual/Lifetime
    • Access
    • 4th Grade pass (EKO)

Entrance passes may still be purchased at the Ranger Station in the Maryland District.

Over Sand Vehicle permits will still be available for pick up at the Toms Cove Visitor Center after purchasing online at www.recreation.gov

Backcountry camping permits may currently be obtained at the Ranger Station in the Maryland District.

2024 Assateague Island National Seashore Annual Pass

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Entrance Fees

Entrance Passes may be used in both Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. When visiting the Maryland district, Federal Duck Stamp holders must purchase a $20 beach parking fee upgrade. Assateague State Park passes are not valid in either Assateague Island National Seashore or Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Please have your Photo ID ready with your entrance pass when approaching the entrance booths.


  • Foot/Bicycle: No Fee
  • Vehicle: $25.00 - 7 Days
  • Vehicle: $45.00 - Park Annual Pass, valid 1 year from purchase
  • Motorcycle: $20.00 - 7 Days
  • Individual: $15.00 - 7 Days (per person 16 years of age or older when entering by means other than a private, non-commercial vehicle, such as taxis and limousines providing transportation only; buses carrying passengers not on a pre-packaged tour such as school groups visiting for recreational purposes; and buses or vans registered to non-profit organizations such as churches or schools. A family traveling together shall pay no more than the vehicle fee.)
  • Beach Parking fee upgrade: $20.00 - For visitors using the USFWS Migratory Waterfowl Duck Stamp as an entrance pass, valid July 1 - June 30 annually.

Commercial Tours

Information about Assateague State Park Entrance fees


  • Foot/Bicycle: No Fee
  • Vehicle: $10.00 - 1 Day - Available only at Virginia Entrance Station
  • Vehicle: $25.00 - 7 Days
  • Vehicle: $45.00 - Refuge Annual Pass, valid 1 year from purchase.
  • Vehicle: $45.00 - USFWS Migratory Waterfowl Duck Stamp ($25.00) plus beach parking fee ($20.00)
  • Beach Parking fee upgrade: $20.00 - For visitors using the USFWS Migratory Waterfowl Duck Stamp as an entrance pass, valid July 1 - June 30 annually.

More information on Virginia fees...

Flow chart of the America the Beautiful passes available
Images of the "America the Beautiful" passes in a row.

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More information about the Federal Recreational Lands Passes...

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Camping at Assateague

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

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Over Sand Vehicles (OSV)

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

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Your Dollars at Work!

Your entrance fees and tax dollars support a wide variety of visitor services at Assateague Island National Seashore.


Overview of entrance requirements

All visitors MUST have

Entrance Passes

Standard Entrance Pass


Assateague 7 day vehicle pass.

Assateague 7 day motorcycle pass.

Assateague per person walk-in or bicycle
Annual Entrance - Park

Annual Entrance - Park

The Assateague Island National Seashore Annual Park Entrance Pass is $45.00. It is valid in both the Maryland District and Virginia District (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge).

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Assateague Island Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • Maryland District Ranger Contact Station & Campground Office

    Cash or Credit/Debit

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

Last updated: December 21, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


410 641-1441

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