Assateague National Seashore: Park Loop

Watch wild ponies trot by the seashore on this 11.1-mile loop along a unique barrier island. Bring a bucket and hunt for clams on the isle's massive, undeveloped beaches.
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Watch wild ponies trot by the seashore on this 11.1-mile loop along a unique barrier island. Bring a bucket and hunt for clams on the isle's massive, undeveloped beaches.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.0

Waypoints

AST002

Location: 38.2388305664062, -75.1394729614258

Continue straight; pass entrance booth

AST003

Location: 38.2378997802734, -75.1380233764648

Follow paved road to wooden footpath and cross small sand hills

AST004

Location: 38.2374114990234, -75.1359634399414

Turn R to follow Atlantic shoreline; smell the sea breeze, take an icy ocean dip

AST005

Location: 38.2034683227539, -75.1513366699219

Turn R to cross wooden path over sandy hills; see wild ponies grazing or galloping along shore

AST006

Location: 38.1976509094238, -75.1560592651367

Pass roadside freshwater spigot, only spot to refill

AST008

Location: 38.1917114257812, -75.1590194702148

Turn W onto Life of the Dunes Trail, rugged loop through spiky shrubs

AST009

Location: 38.1974601745606, -75.1572799682617

Go L to wooden Life of the Forest Path, passing tranquil ponds

AST010

Location: 38.1985282897949, -75.1606903076172

Observation deck: views of Chincoteague Bay; see egrets, dunlins, American wigeons, or black-crowned night herons

AST011

Location: 38.1986885070801, -75.1573104858398

Follow trail E; turn L on road

AST012

Location: 38.2003784179688, -75.1627578735352

Pass western point of North Beach, a large, grassy marsh great for clamming

AST013

Location: 38.2055397033691, -75.1538314819336

Turn L on Life of the Marsh Loop; return and go L to head NE on beach; retrace steps to parking lot

AST001

Location: 38.2476196289062, -75.1524276733398

From parking lot, turn R and head E on bridge over Sinepuxent Bay

AST007

Location: 38.1918830871582, -75.15771484375

Turn R onto unmarked trail