Wild ponies and beaches at the Assateague State Park

Imagine an island — a long and narrow strip of land, stretching along the coast. From one side, between the island and the land, a bay with green marshes full of crabs and oysters, and on the other side, a beautiful, white, sandy, oceanic beach with wide and wild dunes. In the middle are wild horses, freely roaming about and grazing wherever they please. No buildings of any kind or touristic kitsch. What a place!

We ventured into the Assateague State Park on the East Coast of the US by chance, as a day trip from our short stay at the Chesapeake Bay. Even though the park is tiny, and we weren’t in any way ready for sleeping there, we immediately wanted to change plans and find a place to stay, so we could enjoy it a bit longer. And we would have, if it wasn’t for terrible mosquitoes and flies that were seemingly immune to the spray we’d covered ourselves with, head to toe. A visit in September has its pros, namely good weather and warm water, but it’s the cooler months that offer respite from insects.

It was fantastic to go wild and jump on waves in the warm ocean, walk along the dunes and over the marshes, and meet a few herds of horses (ponies, to be exact), who, in these incredible surroundings look truly amazing. There are a few theories on how the ponies found their way onto the island, but no matter which is correct, nowadays they live here without human intereference. Apart, that is, from an annual auction, which aims at regulating the population of animals inabiting this small island. It’s a shame that this place is not better known among foreign tourists. The U.S.A is a big country and most visitors after sightseeing New York or D.C. head to the West Coast, where national parks are more numerous. Yet we have to recommend this place to anybody visiting this side of the continent. Totally worth it!

marsh view into the bay east of Assategue Island State Park, Chesapeake

bay view of marsh with a herb of wild horses ponies at the Assateague Island State park, Chesapeake

beach view to west from Assateague Island State Park towards the ocean, Chesapeake

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view of marshes and a walkway at the Assateague State Park island, trees in the background, Chesapeake

USA Assateague State Park wild ponies

beach view of a swimming guard tower from Assateague Island State Park towards the ocean, Chesapeake

split image of a state park ranger presenting an oyster and the same ranger raking the bottom of bay at Assateague Island State park, Chesapeake

USA Assateague State Park wild ponies in the marsh, Chesapeake

beach view with beach goers from Assateague Island State Park towards Ocean City, Chesapeake plaża

A woman's head above a crashing wave with white clouds on blue sky background

view of dunes at the Assategue island State Park, east towards the ocean

a split image of a woman standing on a bench and taking a photo and a view of marshes and a walkway with trees in the background at the Assateague island State Parka split image of a woman standing on a bench and taking a photo and a view of marshes and a walkway with trees in the background at the Assateague island State Park

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a seagull on the beach at the Assategue State Park, Chesapeake, USAm

 

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