Assateague Island National Seashore is located in Worcester County, Maryland and Accomack County, in the state of Virginia. The Assateague Island is a barrier island situated on the Virginia-Maryland border. The closest urban centers to the National Seashore that is administered by the National Park Services are Ocean City, MD, and Chincoteague, VA.
The Assateague Island National Seashore encompasses a total area of about 41,320 acres. The park has both a north and south entrance. The northern entrance can be accessed using Route 611, about eight miles south of Ocean City, MD while the southern entrance can be accessed using Route 175, about two miles from Chincoteague, VA.
When you get to the park, you will experience several attractions some of which include the 37-mile barrier island, a sandy beach, and several species of plants and wildlife including migratory waterfowl, and wild ponies. There are several other protected areas near the Assateague Island National Seashore that are close by and these include the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague State Park.
Besides the beauty of the natural environment, wildlife and plants in this National Seashore, you can also get to enjoy other recreational activities including swimming, boating, hiking, camping, kayaking and canoeing, off-road vehicle use, clamming and crabbing, fishing, bird-watching, interpretive programs (seasonally), and hunting.
You are permitted to bring your dog(s) along for the ride as long as you follow some simple but very important rules. Some of the basic rules are as follows. First, you must make sure that you maintain immediate control of your dog at all times. This includes ensuring that you either keep your dog in a secure enclosure or leashed at all times.
You must also ensure that you clean up after your dog and that you are aware of all areas that you can and cannot visit. For example, areas that you are prohibited from visiting with your dog to protect habitat wildlife and visitors include all backcountry nature trails, campsites, lifeguard-protected beach, portions of Assateague state park, and the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Island.