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Wild Ponies at Assateague State Park
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Wild Ponies at Assateague State Park
Description - Maryland's only ocean park is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay. Two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The island's bayside offers canoeing to secluded coves. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer and feral horses. Assateague was selected by National Geographic Travel magazine in 1994 as one of the 10 best state parks in the United States.

Attractions - Assateague Island State Park is closely associated with Assateague National Seashore. A NPS Visitor Center rests on the south side of Sinepuxent Bay. This is a good place to stop and orient oneself with both parks. Incidentally, this south bay area is a well-known crabbing site. Once you reach the island, bear right on Bayberry Drive to reach the National Seashore and bear left to enter the park. Signage is excellent. Probably the most popular feature of the park besides the fabulous oceanfront and wild horses is the huge campground. Natural recreations taking place at the park include biking, surf fishing, swimming, and surfing. The park does offer nature programs, a camp store, dump station, concession and boat launch. At the south end of the park beyond the last camping loop, a youth area is featured. Please note that the park is undergoing a beach renewal effort and several campground loops, including the youth and shelter areas, will be closed for the summer of 2001 and perhaps beyond. The reservation center can provide details as to what is currently available.

Assateague State Park is fully accessible to the disabled. Special campsites, beach wheelchair, fishing pier, visitors center, shelters and food concessions are all designed for easy access.

More details about this outstanding destination, including the wildlife features, is described in Assateague Island National Seashore.

Recreation - Assateague State Park offers bathhouses, boat launch, camp contact station, camp store, camping, dumping station, fishing, concession, beach parking, shelters, swimming, and youth group camping.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Assateague State Park covers an area of 37 miles and is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay. It is 8 miles south of Ocean City, and may be reached via MD State Route 50 (or SR 376 from Berlin) to MD SR 611.

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Filed By: Julie (Lynchburg City, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The beaches are beautiful. Campsites are all a close walk to the beach. Bugs are bad- bring plenty of bug spray. Bathhouses are nice with hot water showers. Keep your food in your car or camper. A horse ate a hole through our tent to get to our snack food the first night we were there.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Crowded, EXTREMELY difficult to use the reservation system. Biting flies and unbelievable swarms of mosquitoes confined us to our tents much of the time. Suggestion: When buying bug spray for this trip, look for the 55 gallon drum size --- and buy at least 2!

Filed By: John Menassa (Chesapeake Beach, MD)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Maryland's reservation system for this park leaves a great deal to be desired. Although I was told, when I was booking a camp site, that there were no sites available for two or three nights in a row, and that if I wanted to make a reservation I would have to do it for one site at a time and move each day. Well, I did it. But to my dissapointment, there were three campsites in the same loop (H) that were vacant all three nights we were there: sites 1, 3 & 4. so what gives???

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Contact Information:
Assateague State Park, 7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, , Berlin, MD, 21811, Phone: 410-641-2120

Additional Information:
Eastern Shore - Trillions of grains of sand, eroded from Maryland's ancient Appalachian Mountains and deposited by the sea, have created a magical barrier island, offering visitors both solitude and adventure.
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.

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