A Day at Assateague Island National Seashore

After living in Baltimore for over 14 years, it was far past time I visited Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague Island is well-known for wild horses that roam the island and beautiful beaches. On the first 80 degree day in Maryland, I drove out to Assateague to experience it for myself.

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On an Wednesday in April, the drive from Baltimore takes about 2 1/2 hours. In the summer, on a Friday after work, I bet the total drive time will double. Luckily, it is a Wednesday in April and I hit no traffic.

Entrance per car was $20 so I purchased an annual National Park pass for $80. Good until next April, I figured it was a sound investment as my current plan is to see at least a few more National Parks, battlefields, and monuments over the next 12 months. Plus, it is always good to support the National Park system.

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Assateague Island is split up into 2 different sections- the Maryland State Park and the National Seashore. The Maryland State Park requires a different entrance fee so I just stuck to the National Seashore section this trip.

There are three hiking trails on Assateague. Two of the three are short and very easy, along a boardwalk. The third is a bit longer and more difficult because you are walking in the sand along the dunes.

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There were a lot of folks bird-watching along the trails. I just took some pretty pictures as I don’t own binoculars and am not much of a birdwatcher.

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The wild horses were hanging out in the campground overlooking the ocean.  Camping on Assateague is a mixed bag. It is beautiful but the biting flies are legend. Luckily there was a nice ocean breeze that kept the flies at bay the day I visited.

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I spent a few hours on the beach reading and kept an eye out for more horses. There were only a few people scattered on the beach, some fishing, walking dogs, but mostly relaxing. Assateague Island has a fantastic white sand beach!

After a small traffic jam on Assateague due to the wild horses chilling in the road, I made my way over to Ocean City, Maryland. It is a 20 minute drive to Ocean City, where I checked into my hotel, ate some dinner and watched the sunset over the bay. It was gorgeous!

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Assateague Island is a must-do for those in the Delmarva area. If you are planning on visiting Ocean City or the Delaware beaches, make sure to take the time to get to Assateague Island National Seashore for the day!

Reader Question: Have you ever been to Assateague? Did you get eaten by flies?

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3 Responses

  1. Chaitali says:

    How cool that the horses were just hanging out by the campground! I’ve only been to the Maryland state park side and not the national park side. I’ll have to check that out one day.

  2. How cool!!! The Hubs family trip this year is at a Deleware beach near Ocean City so I just put this on my list to go see. Thanks for the tip.
    HOpe you are well.

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