Island is managed by three official park agencies. Assateague
Island National Seashore is cared for and managed by the National Park
Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Department of Natural
Resources. Visitors to the park in Virginia enjoy the beach plus find
opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures
at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (established in 1943).
The beach, wildlife, dunes, wetlands & marsh islands are protected
for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment.
1962, Assateague Island National Seashore was established for the purpose
of protecting Assateague Island in the states of Virginia and Maryland.
The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service help protect
Assateague Island's splendor. Assateague Island National Seashore is
administered to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent
with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore's natural environment.
Assateague is vital for resting and feeding migratory shorebirds and
other abundant bird species. Over 320 species of birds can be found
here. Assateague Island is a priceless seashore ecosystem and a sustainable
resource that all visitors can appreciate.
Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East
Coast residents. Sightseeing
tours, crabbing, bird
watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually
make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Assateague
Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach. This is considered one
of best beaches on the entire East Coast. Search for seashells as you
walk the pristine white sands. You can enjoy swimming in the picturesque
waves along the Atlantic coastline here or just relax on Assateague's
vast unspoiled beaches. The Assateague Lighthouse is on the way to the
beach and it is one of the most famous in the nation. You will find
nearby amenities at Chincoteague
Island and Ocean
City such as seafood restaurants and lodging in the form
of hotels, cottages, beach houses, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts.
Visitor attractions and a relaxing atmosphere make Assateague Island
a great destination. Be prepared to have fun, and you may want to visit
Assateague again on your next vacation.