Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Assateague Island National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
bugs
5 days ago

Long hike on the beach. You can do camp fires at the sites.

Super easy but you NEED bug spray. The mosquitoes will eat you alive in 3 seconds flat no exaggeration on that one!

trail running
3 months ago

From all the reviews it seems that none of these people have completed full length up to Pine tree campground. From trailhead there is a half mile loop walk. Most of the people will do that. After that half mile, you will have to turn left on beach and it continues about 3.9 miles after that you need to turn right and Pine tree campground is about .35 miles from there. Running on beach was sometime boring too. Pine tree were nice.

One side of the trail is dog friendly

Great for a mid-spring hike. Nice to walk by the water and watch the off-shore fishing and ponies. The campsite has a great view of the Bay and a few fire pits with plenty of fallen trees for firewood. We hiked in early morning and arrived to the campsite around mid-day and it was great to have half a day to explore the Bayside before hiking out the next morning. Great easy hike.

This trail has a couple raised boardwalk overlooks with views over the bayside marsh.

This is a great place to see and great for running. However it is not good for dogs as there are tons of these little spurs that get stuck in the their feet very painful to say the least.

road biking
9 months ago

1st time there...amazing experience with the ponies. Very easy trails for casual 1/2 day hike.

Casual relaxing trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Came across a seal sunning on the beach.

Nice day for casual hiking. Lots of wild life. Beatle infestation has claimed "clumps" pine trees. A spur trail led to the marshes and views of the ponies.

scenic driving
Monday, April 16, 2018

What a unique place, so scenic and love the horses.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Please be aware three is any entrance fee of$20 for a week. they also have annual passes.

camping
Monday, November 13, 2017

A must do during the fall. Temperatures are pleasant, crowds have died down for the season, and wild horses provide visitors such a unique experience!

walking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

nice

walking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.

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hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

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

walking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

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.

camping
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Absolutely love it there! I go every fall..

bird watching
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Easy path, lots of birds

walking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A great beach area

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

There was a nice breeze going, I did it in 90 degree heat, but that's my fault. I did almost nine miles. I found it very relaxing, I did not see a ton of wild life. I would do it again. There is a picnic are about 2.5 miles in. Use the beach access entry, I used the off road vehicle entrance and it wasn't convenient.

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