Located just 8 miles south of ocean city maryland assateague island national seashore is a 37 mile long gem in the national and state park systems. Go beyond chincoteague or ocean city with assateague explorer.
The wild horses on assateague are actually feral animals meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state.
Maryland wild horses assateague island. Captain mark the founder of pony watching by boat has been called the pony whisperer and for good reason. Assateague island is a 37 mile 60 km long barrier island located off the eastern coast of the delmarva peninsula facing the atlantic ocean. These small but sturdy shaggy horses have adapted to their environment over the years by eating dune and marsh grasses and drinking fresh water from ponds.
Two herds of wild horses make their home on assateague island separated by a fence at the maryland virginia line. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat. Campers are reminded to bring firewood locally purchased sunscreen insect repellent.
The best places to see wild horses in north america from nevada to nova scotia here are the top locations to see these beautiful and majestic creatures. Assateagues wild horses are well known even to many people who have never been to the island. Where did the chincoteague ponies come from.
The northern two thirds of the island is in maryland while the southern third is in virginia. Sightseeing tours from chincoteague to see wild horses in virginia. Camping is available only in the maryland district of assateague island.
The assateague explorer chincoteague boat tour to assateague is the best way to see the wild horses wildlife along the wildlife refuge. Discover wild ponies along assateague. Camping at assateague will be a pleasant experience if you plan ahead.
The barrier island habitat can be harsh if you are not prepared. The chincoteague pony also known as the assateague horse is a breed of horse that developed and lives in a feral condition on assateague island in the united states states of virginia and maryland. It is estimated that the ponies have lived on assateague for over 400 years.
While no one knows for sure exactly how they originally got there there are two main theories. Submit your pictures assateague island.