Saturday, February 23, 2019

Assateague Island National Service


Wild Horses on the Beach on Assateague Island National Service
Wild Horses on the Beach
Assateague Island National Seashore is a tourist attraction located on the East coast, near from Chincoteague Island (Virginia) and Ocean City (Maryland). This place is one of the National Park Service System in the US. In the Middle Atlantic region, the island of Assateague is the largest natural barrier island, which is not affected by human development.
Formerly, Assateague was not an island, but was connected to Fenwick Island. In August 1993, there was a storm that devastated the area which caused the mainland to cut off and created an inlet between the southern end of Ocean City and the new Assateague. Taking advantage of the incident, the inlet was kept open by fortification. You can stand at the end of the two islands and see the others from the other side. On September 1965, The Assateague Island was inaugurated as the National Coast.
Assateague has beach length of more than 37 miles with pristine conditions. Virginia and Maryland are two entrances to this island. Vehicles cannot cross the island from the part that located in Maryland to part that located in Virginia (vice versa). The most interesting thing is there are more than 300 wild horses that wander on the beaches, pine forest, and salt marshes.
How to get there:
From Washington D.C. : The distance between Washington and Chincoteague, Virginia is about 3 hours drive. From Washington DC Take US 50 East to the Bay Bridge and after arriving at the Bay Bridge heading south to Salisbury, MD. After arriving in Salisbury, take South 13 US and then Route 175 east towards Chincoteague Island. When you arrive at Chincoteague Island, head directly to Maddox Blvd. and take you to Assateague Island.
The most popular activity in here is camping and observing wild ponies. Some regulations that you should know if you want camp and observe wild ponies in here:
  • Only in Maryland side, camping is allowed. You should not camp in Virginia side if you don't want to deal with the law.
  • You may not bring firewood by yours self, it must be bought locally.
  • Reservation only valid for group and horse campsite from October 1, 2018 to March 14, 2019 (you can make a reservation by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online reservation through www.recreation.gov). For All other campsites, you cannot make a reservation (available on a first come, first served basis).
There are many campgrounds in here, you can choose according to your needs. The campgrounds are: 
  • Oceanside Drive-in:
You can camp here using tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (no hookups) with facilities such as a picnic table and fire ring. The price for camp here is $30 per night.
  • Oceanside Walk-in
It has same policy for camping at Oceanside Drive-in, You can camping here using tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (no hookups). The Camp locations are located 100-200 feet from a centralized parking area. This area has facilities such as picnic tables and fire rings. The price for camp here is $ 30 per night.
  • Bayside Drive-in
You can use tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (no hookups) when camping at this place. This area has facilities such as picnic tables and fire rings. If you want to camp without using electricity, you can use the "Generator-Free Zone" Drive-In located on Bayside B Loop. The price for camp here is $ 30 per night.
Group Camping: 

If you are camping with your organization group, you must choose this place. This area is specifically for tents, located 100-200 feet from a centralized parking area. This area has facilities such as picnic tables and fire rings with grills. This group campsite can be booked throughout the year at a price of $ 50 per night per site.
  • Horse Camp:
This area is specifically for people who camp with their horses. There are 2 camping campsites available with the capacity of each site to accommodate up to 6 people and 6 horses. Camping prices here are $ 50 per night per site.
All campgrounds have facilities: chemical toilets, cold water showers, and drinking water.
Camping and Make Bonfire at Night on Assateague Island National Service
Camping and Make Bonfire
Cranes in the swamp on Assateague Island National Service
Cranes in the swamp

Wild ponies

Groups of wild horses, known as Chincoteague ponies or Assateague ponies, are free to roam on this Island. The horses were descended from domestic horses confined to the island by locals. Locals confined their horse in here because there is a taxed if they fence the horse on the mainland. Low salty nutritious food from salty swamps has caused the body of the horse to be short and distended.

Even though the horses look tame, they can bite and kick visitors. Therefore, visitors are expected to be aware of the horses. Although the horse looks tame, but the horse is still a wild animal. My suggestions, when you observe and enjoy the view of the horses, do not to close, take a fairly safe distance.

Herd and Wild Horses on the Beach  on Assateague Island National Service
Herd and Horses on Beach
Mothers and Hoals on Beach  on Assateague Island National Service
Mothers and Hoals on Beach 


Young Horse Playing on Beach  on Assateague Island National Service
Young Horse Playing on Beach
Two Young Horse Eating Grass on Beach  on Assateague Island National Service
Two Young Horse Eating Grass on Beach 
Young Horse Playing on Beach  on Assateague Island National Service
Young Horse Playing on Beach

Assateague Lighthouse

Other points of interest on the National Coast of Assateague Island are the Lighthouse. If you are a visitor who wants a beautiful view of this Lighthouse you can take Assateague cruise or kayak trip from the neighboring island of Chincoteague, Virginia is worth to consider.
This lighthouse has a height of 142-feet and located in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve (Virginia Eastern shore). It can be accessed by road from Chincoteague Island (about ¼ miles from Chincoteague Island). You can drive there from Chincoteague in 5 minutes. As alternative, you can ride a bicycle or walk. If you are form Maryland side, you can drive to the lighthouse in about an hour.
Lighthose on Assateague Island National Service
Lighthose
A View of the Whole Building the Lighthouse on Assateague Island National Service
A View of the Whole Building the Lighthouse




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