Assateague Island

Berlin, Maryland

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There are two good launch sites. The first is located just before the Verrazano Bridge, where there is plenty of parking. There is a fee to use the boat ramp, but you can launch for free from the sandy beach in front of the parking lot. (You will still need to pay the park entrance fee, which is $4 for Maryland residents and $6 for non-residents.) Explore the nooks, crannies, and coves of Assateague State Park to find wild ponies, sika deer, pelicans, and osprey. This is also a great area for bird-watching.
AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michaela Riva Gaaserud (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

There are two good launch sites. The first is located just before the Verrazano Bridge, where there is plenty of parking. There is a fee to use the boat ramp, but you can launch for free from the sandy beach in front of the parking lot. (You will still need to pay the park entrance fee, which is $4 for Maryland residents and $6 for non-residents.)

Explore the nooks, crannies, and coves of Assateague State Park to find wild ponies, sika deer, pelicans, and osprey. This is also a great area for bird-watching.

© 2016 Michaela Riva Gaaserud/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Berlin
Distance: 4-9 nautical miles
Hazards/Cautions: Wind could pose a challenge when crossing from South Point to Great Egging Island. Coastal storms can spring up suddenly any time of the year, but particularly during the summer. Check the forecast before you head out and keep an eye to the sky, especially on hot, humid afternoons.
Local Contacts: Assateague State Park (dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/assateague .aspx; 410-641-2918). Assateague Island National Seashore (nps.gov/asis/index.htm; 410-641-1441)
Local Maps: NOAA Electronic Chart US4VA50M / Paper Chart #12211
Driving Directions: Directions to Assateague Island

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