A Guide to Assateague Island National Seashore’s Hiking Trails

One of Worcester County's best features is the Assateague Island National Seashore, a 40,000-acre park that spans about half the entire distance of Assateague Island on the Atlantic Ocean. The seashore is famous for its beaches and wild ponies that call the island home. It's also a great spot to spend a day exploring the park's nature trails.

A Guide to Assateague Island National Seashore's Hiking Trails
Here's a quick field guide to the trails:
Life of the Marsh Trail: An elevated boardwalk, which makes this trail fully accessible, courses its way through a half mile of Assateague salt marshes. Exhibits interpret the importance of this habitat to barrier island ecology. Many wetland bird species can be seen from this trail and an observation deck offers a panoramic view of Chincoteague Bay on Assateague's backside. Handicap accessible.


Life of the Forest TrailA hard path surface, which makes this trail fully accessible, winds its way past woodland ponds and through a half mile of diverse shrubs and mature loblolly pines. Exhibits introduce visitors to many forest inhabitants. An observation deck at the edge of the woods offers a breathtaking view of several miles of forest that overlook Chincoteague Bay. Handicap accessible.

Life of the Dunes TrailThis half-mile trail through soft sands puts visitors in the mood to explore a harsh, desert-like environment. Animal tracks and a wide variety of plants characterize the interesting duneland habitat. Trailside exhibits show how salt-laden winds off the ocean naturally prune several plants into unusual shapes. Handicap accessible.

Read more about Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park and Assateague's famous wild ponies here.