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Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland/Virginia

7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, Maryland

Admin: CR-Karen Wilson

For Day Use on the Maryland side, park in the North Beach Parking Lot . On the Virginia side, park in the #4 southernmost parking lot. Contact Tom’s Cove Visitor Center at 410-641-1441 for more information. Horse camping is only allowed on the Virginia side. There are two campsites for horse camping October 16-April 14 on Assateague. Each campsite accommodates 6 people and 6 horses. There are hitching posts, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms and potable water. Campsites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov. Ocean City is 12 minutes away. It is not very busy in November. It is always fun to walk the boardwalk and watch the moon rise on the ocean. The Christmas lights were awesome. Chincoteague Island is a fun-filled tourist destination and Virginia’s only resort island. Your horses are not allowed on Chincoteague. You can watch the sunrise behind Assateague Island and Chincoteague Bay. The Chincoteague Ponies are rounded up on Assateague Island and swim across Chincoteague Bay. Tens of thousands of spectators from around the world will gather on Chincoteague Island for the 93rd Annual Pony Swim July 25, 2018. The Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours April-November. It was built in 1867 and is still in use. It is visible for 22 miles. NASA Wallops Flight Center is located near Chincoteague. Rocket launches can be viewed from Chincoteague Island; or you can tour the facility. CR tested weapons for the army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Havre de Grace, MD and was sometimes sent to work at Wallops. www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home We are abundantly blessed and very thankful for the time we have been given to explore God’s creation on great horses.

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Effort level - Easy, Beginner

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Restrooms

-- Porta-potty's / Pit Toilets

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Hi-Lines

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

There are 17 miles of Atlantic Ocean seashore/beach. Wicomico State Forest (5000 Acres), Parsonsburg, MD and Pocomoke State Forest (17,676 acres), Snow Hill, MD are nearby for more trail riding.

TYPE OF LAND

- National Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

WATER CROSSINGS

- Ocean access

Type of Footing on the trails

- Sandy, Desert, Dry

- Marsh, Wetlands

Type of Terrain

- Flat

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Wild ponies, deer, heron, woodpeckers, other birds, foxes.

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Horse camping and riding are permitted October 9 thru May 14. Horse camping and riding are not permitted during the summer months because biting insects are known to spread diseases such as Equine In

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