Want to live on the edge? Visit a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

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scenic driving
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4 months ago

A walk on the beach was easy enough. Fun for the kids since they were collecting every shell they laid their eyes on. The biggest challenge that day was the rough wind as it was still cold in early March. Chincoteague/ Assateague Islands has wild horses to boast as we had an opportunity to see them roam.
Did not get a chance to do their wildlife trail but will return back to do it!

Always love to visit this park when im here. The park is beautiful. Love seeing the wild horses too while walking the park. If your in town and enjoy the outdoors this is a must.

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About: Assateauge Island is a National Wildlife Refuge located on the Easter Shore of Virginia and Maryland. As a National Wildlife Refuge, it remains principally unchanged and unimproved by man and is host to a wide variety of animals including a multitude of birds and the famous Chincoteague Ponies. With access from Chincoteauge Island, there are numerous multiple use trails, a beach and an educational visitor center. There is no camping on the VA side of Assteague but backcountry camping is allowed on the Maryland side (permit required).

Distance: There are numerous trails throughout the refuge. The longest is the Wildlife Loop at 3.25 miles. It includes a nice observation platform and plenty of parking. The shortest is the Lighthouse Trail at .25 miles, which ends at the Historic Assateauge Lightouse.

Duration: The Woodland Trail can be hiked in about 1-2 hours based on pace.
Difficulty: This is a paved, multi-use trails which is not very challenging but allows for some nice views.

Cost: Passes to the refuge can be bought on a weekly ($15-20) or annual ($30-40) basis. Active Duty Military is free. Just show an ID Card and you'll get an annual National Parks Pass.

Accomodations: There are no accomodations on the National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, however neighboring Chincoteague is a great place. It has small, island town appeal complete with a movie theater showing one two movies a week. There are several choices for lodging from motels, to hotels, to Bed and Breakfasts. We typically stay at the Hampton Inn and find that the service is great, the views from most rooms are beautiful, and the hot breakfast (included) is always good. We've also stayed at the Days Inn, and a couple of other local hotels. Camping is also available at a handful of Chincoteague Camp Grounds.

Dining: Chincoteauge boasts numerous dining options. Famous Pizza is great for pizza and Subs and pretty inexpensive. Bill's Seafood is a great sit down restaurant on the classier and pricier side. Be sure to get reservations during peak season. You're missing out big time if you don't grab some home made ice cream at the Island Creamery! Even if you need something quick, the McDonald's has a pony corral next to it where you can feed and pet the ponies.

Analysis:Spending a weekend on the Island is one of our favorite getaways. Chincoteauge is naturally relaxing (especially in the off season) with friendly locals, minimal traffic, and a small town feel. With canoeing, kayaking, great food, and some good mini golf, there is plenty to do and plenty of time to relax. The Wildlife Refuge itself offers a little of something for everyone, from bird watching and hiking, to lounging at the beach.


9 months ago

It was very easy, wooded and we did not see anyone else.

9 months ago

More brush than trees, but there were enough to shield some of the wind.

Wind, rain, sand! Who had the dumb idea to hike the beach in the winter? Maybe some other time.

Probably a better hike for fall. It was almost Christmas and we got caught in the cold blowing rain. It is too long for the punch. If we had seen the horses maybe I would have enjoyed it more.

I thought we would see some wild horses but it did not happen.

We only went to the picnic area and back. There were a lot of birds but not much else.

Came here in December and it was very quiet. Only a few fishermen. Great walk along the beach. Temperature was good for a walk and no wind was blowing so we loved it. Clean beaches.

Absolutely love it there! I go every fall..