Assateague Island National Seashore, stretching 37 miles from Virginia into Maryland is one of the world's best beaches for communing with nature. Here you'll find windswept beaches, maritime forest, coastal bay waters and nature at its best on one of America's last fully functioning barrier island ecosystems.
From the little island town of Chincoteague, Virginia, a short causeway leads into the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and to its Atlantic Ocean beach at Assateague Island National Seashore. Here, you can walk along miles and miles of powdery, white sand and share the beach with descendants of the wild Chincoteague Ponies made famous by the town's saltwater cowboys and the book, "Misty of Chincoteague." The world-famous ponies live in communion with some of the world's most precious species of birds which thrive here, protected from development. The piping plover is among those protected by this nationally preserved nesting ground.
The Audubon Society has named this intact ecosystem a Global Important Bird Area for its many rare species of migratory birds. Nature is always the center attraction here, whether you're watching the sun rise or set, or listening to the whinnies of ponies or the gentle sounds of the ocean.