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Assateague State Park
Based on 217 traveler reviews
Aug 26, 2014 by: 2newdocs from
excellent and knowledgeable folks...........well worth our tax dollars and entrance fees! will do them again next time. The park was a nice clean place with friendly individuals.
Assateague with amenities is the perfect middle way
Aug 21, 2014 by: Jan R from Bethesda, Maryland
Maryland's smallish "down the ocean" coast is characterized by two (both wonderful) beach extremes. There is Ocean City, with it's iconic boardwalk and crowded beach and, 8 miles south the Assateague Island National Seashore, uncrowded, pristine, managed ny the National Park Service and protected by federal law from development, downside being the usual National park asceticism i.e. pit toilets and no place to buy a hot dog. Nestled between them is the less publicized Assateague State park, run by the State of Maryland which - in my opinion - hits a perfect middle note. The beach is just like the National Seashore, with nesting plovers in spring, wild ponies running free (they are blissfully ignorant of state vs federal distinctions) and lifeguards in summer. Long solitary beach walks are possible, but there is also a wonderful little beach restaurant straight from the fifties for those who require a little boardwalk and beach food, and - right or wrong- no outraged park ranger is likely to bother you if you slip a French fry or two to the hovering gulls. And -- flush toilets! And showers to wash the sand off. All in all, the best choice for a lazy day at the beach.
Aug 17, 2014 by: leeser416 from Medford, New Jersey
We loved this beach, however, it is not raked in the morning so there is a lot of debris all over the beach - mostly natural debris (driftwood, seaweed, fire remains?). The water happened to be extremely rough the day we were here. It was not crowded at all. Please make sure you pack your bug spray. In the time I unpacked the car, I got 6 mosquito bites! The wild horses are amazing. My husband walked along the water for close to an hour and loved the serenity of the area. We will definitely return.
A Must See!
Aug 17, 2014 by: MollyLyn from Tioga, Pennsylvania
This is a great experience for all ages. You can view horses from your vehicle or take one of the trails to see the horses in plain sight. Remember to follow the rules and guidelines given by the ticket booth. You cannot feed or pet the horses. At the ticket booth we were told there were 101 horses on the island. It made it fun to count and we found about 27 including some deer that were roaming free. The guide you are given shows three different trails. We chose the Dunes Trail which is mainly walking in sand for a 1/2 mile. The trail was nice and we saw many horses. My 5 year old enjoyed this activity. We will visit this island again. Hard to find another place like it. Many people go to the beach and spend the day there or camp. The horses roam the beach too, but we didn't venture that way this time.
Love the beach and wild horses
Aug 12, 2014 by: Crystal W from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
I love the beach but the wild horses are my favorite. One complaint about the beach is that they must let ppl build fired on the beach cause when you walk thru the sand, you feet turn black,
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