The Wild Horses of Assateague Island

There is something quite captivating about wild horses. Strong survivors, epitomising freedom. And the chance of seeing them is what drew us to drive a couple of hours out to the coast on a warm and sunny autumn afternoon.

Assateaugue Island, on the east coast of Maryland and Virginia, is a natural barrier island. It provides beach, bay, forest, salt marshes, grasslands, and dunes, which wildlife and visitors can enjoy. The 37 miles of beautiful beach only just escaped development, when the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 destroyed the first roads and structures of a new beach resort. The realisation that the environment was too unstable led to the area becoming protected land – The Assateague Island National Seashore and State Park on the Maryland side, and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia side.

The Seashore is popular with visitors for outdoor recreation, particularly in the summer months. No surprise there! It’s easy to see why this is a popular destination with mile upon mile of white sandy beach, Atlantic Ocean to one side and the gentler Sinepuxent Bay to the other. Its attractions include the ever-changing scenery, wildlife, camping, biking, kayaking, swimming, fishing…. the list goes on.

On our visit we stuck to enjoying the scenery and wildlife, and what a treat it was. I hope you enjoy this small selection of photos. If you want to know more about the island have a look here. And for more about horses check this out (the video at the bottom is all about the ponies of Assateague Island).


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