"Assateague Island" Assateague Island by dharmabum222

Assateague Island Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 25 photos

The island of wild horses

Many people that I encounter do not know where Assateague Island is, but when I mention that there is an island where wild horses roam free, it jogs their memory a bit. Movies have been filmed here with "big name" actors and each year an auction is held to thin the herds of horses on the island. The festivities draw huge crowds who gather at the shore to watch the traditional swim of the horses from Assateague Island to Chincoteague island for the auction.

From the moment that you cross the bridge on to Assateague island, you are surrounded by phragmites, sea grass, marshes and horses. You may wonder before arriving whether you will be lucky enough to see a horse or 2, but never you mind. There is a reason why they have to thin out the herd every year by auctioning horses to the highest bidder, it is because they are everywhere! They are more sedentary during the day, but as the temperature cools and the sun gets low in the sky, they become more frisky. This island is a truly special place and for more information about why, read my travelogue.

Please don't feed the horses....

There are signs all over asking tourists not to feed the horses and, yes there were people who tried to feed the horses. We were extra careful to not feed them by keeping all of our food in bins and coolers, but one frisky horse embarked on our site and broke open a large bin to get to a bag of marshmallows. We tried to dissuade him, but he was way bigger than us and won the battle!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful beach, beautiful horses, gigantic bugs
  • Cons:You will need a blood transfusion from all that you loose to the mosquitoes.
  • In a nutshell:If you bring some Deet and eat before dark you will have a great time.
  • Last visit to Assateague Island: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated Mar 31, 2004
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 3:26 AM

    Happy birthday, from another "swamp lover - mosquito hater" in New Jersey! Hope your day is full of laughter!

  • Dec 7, 2004 at 4:53 AM

    Hi Nicole, sounds like a great place appart from those "Pesky Bugs" - regards Martin

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 9:31 AM

    So if I need directions on this island who do I Ass?

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2004 at 7:24 PM

    Hi Cole, Good tips on a very interesting place. I have a horse pic I took on Assateague years ago which is very much like yours. Thanks for the memories.

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2004 at 2:28 AM

    Definitely 1 of Jack's Dharma Bums Nicole, sitting around on the beach with friends having a few beers around a fire & watching shooting stars! WOW! sounds good 2 me!

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2004 at 5:09 AM

    yeah ! mystical is a proper adjective!!!

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