Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

Things To Do

Things To Do

Discover the Possibilities at Assateague

First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit.

Swimming and Surfing
During the summer, lifeguard protected beaches are provided in both Maryland and Virginia districts. Surfing, surf fishing, mats and floats are allowed outside the lifeguarded areas.

Shell Collecting
Limit collecting to a gallon or less of unoccupied shells to ensure a supply for beach dwelling organisms.

 

Biking
A great way to explore the island!
Maryland
Cyclists may travel to Assateague over a bicycle-pedstrian bridge and follow a paved bike path along Bayberry Drive through 4 miles of island habitat.
 

Virginia

A paved path leads bicycles from Chincoteague to Assateague. Enjoy these paths, too!
Wildlife Loop - 3 1/4 mile loop
Woodland Trail - 1 1/2 mile loop
Swan Cove Trail - 1 1/4 mile loop
Black Duck Marsh Trail - 1 mile

 

Hiking
Assateague Island offers a variety of paved and unpaved trails for hiking. There are also 37 miles of beach to wander!


Maryland
Life of the Dunes Trail (trail guide pdf 181KB) - 1/2 mile loop
Life of the Forest Trail (trail guide pdf 132KB) - 1/2 mile loop
Life of the Marsh Trail (trail guide pdf 353KB) - 1/2 mile loop

Virginia
Service Road - 7 miles
Wildlife Loop - 3 1/4 mile loop
Woodland Trail - 1 1/2 mile loop
Swan Cove Trail - 1 1/4 mile loop
Black Duck Marsh Trail - 1 mile
Freshwater Marsh Trail - 1 mile loop
Lighthouse Trail - 1/2 mile loop
 

Surf Fishing
Surf fishing has been a popular recreational activity for generations. With a few basic tips on seasons, conditions, equipment, species and regulations, anglers can have an enjoyable experience and create a few memories.

Shellfishing
Crabbing and clamming are great ways to discover the bays behind Assateague and sample some local seafood.

Over-Sand Vehicles (OSV)
There are 12 miles of beach in Maryland and a small section of beach in Virginia open to over-sand vehicles. An annual OSV permit may be purchased for $70 to $150 depending upon the type of access desired. Specific equipment is required.

Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoes and kayaks may be launched from designated areas on Assateague. Careful consideration should be given to weather conditions and tidal currents. Rentals are available seasonally in Maryland.