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Assateague Island

One of my favorite travel destinations in Maryland is Assateague Island, one of a number of barrier islands on the east coast.

Located just south of Ocean City on Marylands Eastern Shore, Assateague State Park and the Assateague National Seashore is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from the D.C. Metropolitan area. From the Beltway take Route 50 east toward Ocean city and then 611 south which terminates on the Island.

Campsites are available in both the State and the National Park.

Personally, I prefer the State Campground as each campsite loop has a bath house with hot showers and sinks in the rear of the building in which to wash dishes.

The ponies of Assateague are probably it's most famous residents. Legend has it that they are descended from horses that escaped a sinking Spanish Galleon just off the coast in precolonial times. More probably they are descended from livestock that was grazing on island in the late 18th Century.

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