Assateague Island National Seashore Reopens

Assateague Island National Seashore has reopened, as Maryland’s stay at home order has ended.

As of Sunday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m., recreational beaches, parking areas and restrooms at North Beach, South Beach, Ferry Landing and Bayside Peninsula have reopened.

The Maryland District Over Sand Vehicle Zone (OSV) is also reopened although valid OSV permits are required.

Nature trails in the Maryland District have reopened as well.

Officials say some facilities will remain closed at this time due to public health concerns. That includes the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center in the Maryland District and the Toms Cove Visitor Center in the Virginia District. All front country and background campgrounds will be closed as well.

The decision to reopen was made following recommendations and guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state officials.