Assateague Island Travel Guide

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Assateague Island Things to Do

  • Assateague Light

    After the first 45 foot-high brick tower proved inadequate, the current 142 foot tall Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867. It is an"early classic" round brick tower with lantern and gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lantern roof is black. A natural bluff 22 feet above sea level adds to the light's height and visibility...

  • Wildlife Refuge

    If you are primarily interested in the ponies, there is a Virginia herd and there is another group of ponies in Maryland. We weren't really looking for the ponies and we didn't see any. I tried to find where the visitor's center was on the Virginia side (there is no connection between the Virginia and Maryland parts of Asseteague), but the...

  • National Seashore

    Assateague Island is divided between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Assateague Island National Seashore encompasses the entire island and adjacent bay areas from the Ocean City, Maryland inlet to Fishing Point on Toms Cove Hook in VirginiaNational Seashores do not usually have locations on VT, and this one is particularly confusing because of...

  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

    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.

  • Nothing to Do- Assateague & Chincoteage...

    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...

  • Many nature trail

    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...


Assateague Island Nightlife

  • Miniature Golf Abounds

    What's a trip to a beach town without Mini Golf? At least that's my husband's attitude.After walking on Assateage and before cooking up dinner at the campground on Chinoteague, we mini golfed.

  • cocktails by campfire

    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...

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Assateague Island Warnings and Dangers

  • No Access

    There is no access by road between the Maryland side of the Assateague National Seashore and the Virginia side. If you want to see the Assateague Lighthouse, go to the Chincoteague Wildlife Reserve or see Pony Penning at Chincoteague (in season), you want to go to the Virginia side. If you want to see ponies, do the Maryland State Park on...

  • Bugs, Bugsand more Bugs

    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...

  • Mosquitoes Heaven

    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!


Assateague Island Tourist Traps

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    by dharmabum222 Written Feb 8, 2004

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    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!

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Assateague Island What to Pack

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    Catch a wave!

    by dharmabum222 Written Jan 3, 2004

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    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.

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Assateague Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Deer all over

    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.

  • Bird watching

    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!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Assateague Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Bring your surf board

    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 board

  • Go fishin'

    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...

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Assateague Island Favorites

  • Sailor's Friend

    Some people come to Chincoteague to see the wild ponies. Some people come for the beach and the National Seashore. We came to take photos of the Assateague lighthouse. Unfortunately we were too early in the season for tours. So we went on our own. You can even see the lighthouse from the McDonald's parking lot

  • Damage from Isabel storm

    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...

  • Miles of dunes

    Some wonderful dune to take photos of, but please be very careful not to disturb them, there are signs that state "Senitive are please keep off fragile dunes" you will get a fine if the ranger catches you. The storm Isabell really did a lot of damage to Assateague Island.


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