Plan Your Visit

Want to live life on the edge?

Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Go fishing, clamming biking and kayaking. Watch wild horses, birds and deer. Discover the rhythms of life on island time. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

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Basic Information

Start your visit here! Learn about hours, fees, visitor centers and more.

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Operating Hours & Seasons

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

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Fees & Passes

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

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Current Conditions

Latest updates on what's open and what's closed at Assateague Island National Seashore.

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Download the new NPS App!

One app, every park at your fingertips.

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Find Your Virtual Park!

Not able to visit Assateague? Discover Assateague online through photos, videos and activities to download.

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Camping At Assateague

Make some memories camping at the beach. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

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.

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Weather and Tides

Get the latest information on weather and tides from the National Weather Service and NOAA.

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Find Your Way on Assateague with a Map!

Park maps, trail maps, campground maps and more.

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Accessibility for Park Visitors

Assateague Island National Seashore visitor centers, most nature trails, bathhouses and wayside exhibits are accessible.

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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.


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 more details, download our Planning Your Visit brochure.

Local Partners & Information Resources
Worcester County Tourism (800-852-0335)
Chincoteague Island Chamber of Commerce (757-336-6161)
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce (410-213-0552)
Nearby Attractions
Assateague State Park (410) 641-2918
Rackliffe Plantation House (443) 614-0261
NASA Wallops Visitor Center (757) 824-1344
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (757) 336-6122

Last updated: April 16, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


(410) 641-1441

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