Most of this 14,000 acre refuge is on the Virginia end of Assateague Island. There are beaches for swimming and forests, dunes, and marshes with trails for walking. It's a great place to birdwatch or rent bikes (on nearby Chincoteague Island) and tool around.Do observe the signs and stay out of protected areas.more
Assateague is the national park island on the ocean side. Chincoteague the island and town on the sound side. You approach them over a several mile long causeway. The town is a little lost in time, somewhere in the mid 20th century. Cars stop for ducks crossing the street. A lot of the architecture is tumble-down. If you are there on week days...more
So many nature trails for every one. In this tidal marsh they found several native american mss burrial ground. Many other interesting facts like this to be found. This is a tidal bay, so the salt water rises and receeds to this marsh which make for a very diverse wildlife community. Before you go on your hike we higly suggest putting on bug sray...more
Unless you plan to drive the 10 miles to Ocean City for a night of debaucerous nightlife, nightlife in the state and national parks on Assateague island consist of fires on the beaches and coolers of beer. There are specific rules as to where fires can be built, but it is worth it. We spent two nights down on the beach with groups of people that we...more
The people of Assateague and the surrounding areas joke that the mosquito is their state bird, but make no mistake...I grew up on an island and have never seen anything like this. Do not even dream of going without insect repellent on your skin, clothes, gear, pets, sleeping bag or any other surface. We were there during a notoriously bad mosquito...more
You can see the bugs moving in the shallows as you walk along the nature trail. If your with someone and your bihind then, you will see at least 15+ mosquitoes swarming them if you don't have bug spray on. I have never seen anything like it, these mosquitoes have wingspans of 1/2 inch or more! COVER UP!more
Ocean City, Maryland is the closest tourist town to the parks of Assateague. It is a short drive away, but if nature and beaches are what you are looking for, Ocean City can take the "re" out of relaxation. It is strings of gift shops and nightclubs full of drunk teenagers who fill time share houses like clown cars.
Unique Suggestions: You will undoubtedly need to pick up some supplies if you are camping, so make sure that you hit the Wall-mart in Ocean City, make a straight shot at the camping aisle, which is actually quite stocked and get out of there!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The waves in Assateague are perfect for boogie boarding, so if you have one, bring it. If you do not, don't worry, they sell them at every gas station, restaurant and all of the shops along the main drag on the way to Assateague state and national parks.
We were on the 1/4 mile trail to the lighthouse, when Terry spotted this deer, when she tried to tell me, the deer moved so the photos is not so great, sorry. No matter where you turn, wonderful nature is every where to be found. The mosquitoes on this trail drove Terry back to the truck for the bug spray, they were horrible here, no wind.more
This is a waterfowl preserve so birds are every where. there are bird watching groups that meet and go on tours, Tom's Cove is a good meeting place. Call the visitors center for more information. Ther's at least 250 different type of bird species on this island. So bring your camera and have a ball!more
This island has some good waves. Many people come here from all over to go surfing. Miles of beach afford you the space to surf without the worry of getting to close to some one. This guy was pretty good, he caught serveral while we were there. Have fun! Bring your surf boardmore
This seem to be a great place to go surf fishing. People sit out here all day, I think the only thing they catch is a sun burn. So bring some sun tan lotion! I have seen people pull fish in. It very quiet here. not many swimmers. Very close walk from the parking lot or is you have a beach tag you can drive on the beach. A fishing licence is...more
Ok, this picture is to show you how much sand a hurricane can bring! This is the parking lot just after hurricane Isabel. The Handicap praking spot is burried under at least 2 feet of sand, they dug out some of the lot for people to pull in but they haven't got to this lot yet. They had built up mounds of sand about 30 feet tall from what they did...more