Discover the Possibilities at Assateague
First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit.
Camping At Assateague
Make some memories camping at the beach. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.
Ranger Guided Programs
Join us on a ranger guided program and learn more about the barrier island environment.
Take Amazing Wildlife Photos!
Get our tips for viewing wild horses and other wildlife and capturing amazing photos, even at a distance
Take a Hike!
Experience life on a barrier island! Assateague has a variety of paved and unpaved trails and 37 miles of beach open for hiking.
Take a Bike!
Explore Assateague Island by bike. Several miles of bike trails wind through the island in both Maryland and Virginia.
Horseback riding is allowed seasonally along the beach in the Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone.
Named for the color of its claws and not its temperament, the blue crab is one of Assateague’s best known and most sought after creatures.
Get some surf fishing tips and relax on the beach while you fish for your dinner!
Go for a Swim!
Learn what it takes to be safe in the surf.
Hunting On Assateague
Find out more about hunting opportunities at Assateague Island National Seashore.
Over Sand Vehicles (OSV)
Get your permit for an adventurous getaway in the Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone.
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.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Swimming and Surfing
Last updated: January 29, 2024