Maryland’s Assateague National Seashore is a beautiful destination that’s beloved by travelers of all kinds, whether or not they’re bringing their furry friend and regardless of if they’re visiting just for one day or camping for a longer time period. The seashore is open all year-round, 24 hours a day.
Assateague Island is 37 miles long and, interestingly, it wasn’t always an island. It became one in 1933 when a storm ripped through a small inlet and the damage was not repaired, but rather, taken advantage of, allowing for travel between the bay and the ocean. The seashore was a popular vacation destination for many decades and now its known as a picturesque spot for outdoor adventures. Who are it's most well-known residents? The Assateague wild horses, of course!
Other activities beyond wildlife viewing include hiking, swimming, surfing, crabbing, fishing, camping, and kayaking.
You can reach the seashore via two entrances. The north entrance is reachable via Ocean City, Maryland. The other is off of Route 175, near Chincoteague, Virginia. There is no vehicle access between the two entrances on Assateague Island, so you must go back the way you came.
If you visit in the summer, you should be warned of the peskiest of the wildlife — the mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, and ticks. Protective clothing and repellent for you and your dog are highly recommended. If you visit in the winter, the bugs will be gone, but it’ll also be rather cold and damp. You can find water fountains near the visitor center. Seasonally, you can purchase bottled water.
Dogs are allowed on the beach when you’re on the Maryland portion of the seashore, but not the Virginia portion or on the nature trails. A standard leash of six feet or more is required at all times. Bring your own items to pick up after your pets. Facilities for the human members of your group are provided. Entrance passes are available for $20.