I can’t tell you how many visitors I’ve met who come to Ocean City and never think about visiting Assateague Island. My response is always a mixture of surprise and excitement as I get ready to tell them all they’ve been missing out on. Here’s why Assateague is worth the trip over the bridge and onto route 611!
The Wild Ponies!
Fun fact about the ponies: Some say the wild ponies arrived on the Island when a Spanish galleon cargo ship sank off the coast and the ponies swam to shore. Almost 20 years ago, a Spanish shipwreck was actually discovered off the island, giving credit to the story.
Go on a boat and take a tour of the wildlife. You can see peregrine falcons, sandpipers, egrets, osprey, terns, gulls, waterfowl, marine-life, sitka deer, fox squirrels, and of course the wild ponies. For the bird watching aficionado, Assateague Island is the place to go with over 300 species of migratory and resident birds.
If you would rather explore the island on your own, why not do it by kayaking? Kayak and Canoe Tours/Rentals are also available at Assateague.
350 campsites to choose from in the state park, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Many like to tent camp but you can also bring your camper if you would prefer.
Sure you can fish from the Ocean City pier, but have you tried Surf Fishing yet? Surf fishing is allowed outside the guarded beach areas. For details on fishing licenses visit the DNR Licensing & Registration Service. And of course make sure you adhere to MD regulations on the size of fish you can keep.
Assateague has a beautiful nature trail for you to explore the island! You can go biking or hiking on the four mile long path. The choice is yours, just remember your bikes if hiking isn’t for you.
Yes, Assateague is a wonderful experience with so many activities to dive into. My favorite: Diving into the water! Sit back and and enjoy the rays, go swimming, and if you’re up for it, go surfing! Not owning a surfboard is no excuse as rentals are available for you. Go ahead, challenge yourself to the swells the Island is known for.