Experience the wild beauty of Assateague Island National Seashore with your adventure seeking pup by your side. Assateague Island is a barrier island situated just off the east coast of the Delmarva Peninsula. The top two thirds of the island is in Maryland and the bottom third is in Virginia. Your pup will love exploring this pawsome place!
The first thing to know about Assateague Island National
Seashore is that dogs can only go in certain areas. Canine visitors are not allowed
in the National Seashore’s backcountry campsites, nature trails, or lifeguard
protected beach. They are also not permitted in portions of Assateague State
Park and north of the State Park to the Ocean City inlet. Most impawtantly,
they cannot go in the Virginia section of the island, even if they are in a
car. If you have any questions about where your pupster can’t go, stop
by the Visitors Center for clarification.
You may be wondering where on the island your pooch can
go. Well, they are welcome to explore certain areas of the Maryland portion of
the National Seashore. Your pup will be happy to know that this includes the
beach! Leashed doggos are welcome to romp around on the sand and go for a swim
in the ocean. Your furry friend will have the time of their life as they
scamper around and mingle with other furry friends. Make sure they stay on
leash and that you always pick up any doggy debris that they leave behind.
Your pooch won’t be the only critter in these parts. The
Assateague Island is home to a herd of wild horses. The “Ponies,” as they are
fondly referred to, may look sweet, but they are wild animals and can bite. So
if you are lucky enough to see them, admire them from a distance.
No bones about it, your pup will love this place!