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Assateague Island National Seashore
Based on 310 traveler reviews
Beautiful Beaches & Ponies, But Avoid Interior Marshes
Nov 22, 2014 by: apdemas from Herndon, Virginia
I came here to finish up seeing the National Parks of Maryland, and Assateague was a fine way to cap them off. The beaches are gorgeous and very well maintained. The facilities were very good for them too. The visitor center at the north end of the island had a lot of good information about the history of the island and the ecosystems on it, and the rangers were very friendly. I wasn't sure if I'd see ponies there, but sure enough, I saw several small groups. They seemed pretty good about staying off the main road, but if you're on a bike or hiking, it might be a different story. One thing the rangers made *very* clear was to stay away from them, and I didn't doubt that at all. The only downside was the trails on the inland marsh side were not well maintained. They were basically mudpits. I lost a shoe in one and had to dig it out. Fortunately I'd come prepared for hiking, so I had another pair, but still.
Another national treasure
Nov 20, 2014 by: Sarah C from Gorham, New Hampshire, United States
Even in frigid temperatures this place was amazing. We practically had the place to ourselves. We saw abundant wildlife including sika deer and of course, horses. The camping is decent, not much shelter from the wind as it comes across the bay, but what can you really expect on an island? The folks at the visitor's center were friendly and helpful. We went crabbing which was inexpensive and fun despite not landing a famous a little crustacean. The park entrance fee is slated to increase at the start of 2015, that being the case, I would love to see some improvements to some of the facilities in the campgrounds (new fire rings, picnic tables,, etc.). Our only complaint, it would have been helpful to have more information regarding the horses. Everything they post or hand you simply says not to feed them and stay a bus length away. We had several approach our campsite and vehicle. It would be beneficial to have more direction as to what to do in those instances when the horses persist and you can't even get out of your vehicle without being on top of them. Otherwise, fantastic spot!
Nov 19, 2014 by: Thomas S from Merritt Island, Florida
I visit and camp at the Assateague Island National Park every August. While I enjoy my time and feel great about the island, I have to mention that the toilets (Permanent Port-O-Poties) are absolutely terrible. Given the fact that our tax dollars and park fees easily add up to a great deal of money, I just don't agree with the NPS's decision NOT to construct better toilet facilities. We put men on the moon and we can't figure out a way to construct a storm proof and environmentally friendly flushable toilet??? The ironic thing is pony poop is everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE, how environmentally unsound is that?! So isn't it feasible to construct 'proper' facilities for us tax paying, entrance paying humans???
Nov 11, 2014 by: stahli from South Williamsport, PA
This was our first time staying on Assateague, and I think this is where we will continue to stay from now on!
Great stay, quiet and beautiful
Nov 04, 2014 by: ReidZed from
We stayed here late October 2014 and since it was off peak there were very few other campers, which was great. We got to choose any campsite which was open and ended up with a large spacious campsite very close to the ocean. The stars here are unbelievable on a clear night. Highly recommend waking up early to see the sunrise. The horses are very cool, as you could hear them walking around while you fell asleep. Sand is great.
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