Wild horses of Assateague Island National Seashore.

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Assateague Island National Seashore


A low-key barrier island, Assateague is a place to relax. In the Maryland section of the national seashore, you can cycle along a 4-mile road, hike nature trails, paddle a kayak, check out the exhibits at the visitor center, catch a ranger talk or simply chill out on the beach. You might even spot some of the famed wild horses. If you enter the park as a pedestrian or cyclist, admission is free. Camping is allowed year-round.

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