Current Conditions



The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Assateague Island National Seashore, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.



The beaches in both the Maryland and the Virginia Districts are open for normal recreation activities (swimming, walking, sitting on the beach, etc.) Please observe social distancing guidelines. Outdoor restrooms are open in Maryland and Virginia.

Strong currents may exist. We strongly recommend that visitors recreating in or near the water wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Visit our Beach and Surf Safety page for more information.

Summer 2024 Lifeguard Schedule Updated 5/6/2024
Normal hours of operation are 10 am - 5 pm
May 25, 26, 27
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
June 20 - September 2: Lifeguards on duty daily

Fall 2024 Schedule
September 5 - 30: Thursday - Monday



(MD District)
Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds are open. Visit our camping page for the latest updates on campgrounds.


Ranger Station/Campground Office

(MD District)
6633 Bayberry Drive, Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-1441 press #3 for camping information
Sunday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Assateague Island Visitor Center in MD District
The Assateague Island Visitor Center in the Maryland district.

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Visitor Centers

Assateague Island Visitor Center (MD District)
11800 Marsh View Lane, Berlin, Maryland 21811
410-641-1441 press #1 for park information
Open Daily from 9 am - 4 pm.

Toms Cove Visitor Center (VA District)
8586 Beach Road, Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
410-641-1441 press #2
Open Daily from 9 am - 4 pm.


Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Zones

The Maryland (MD) District and Virginia (VA) District OSV Zones are currently open. Beginning January 4, 2023, OSV permits must be purchased online by visiting You will need to choose which office you would like to pick up your permit, either the North Beach Ranger Station in the Maryland District or the Toms Cove Visitor Center in the Virginia District. If you do not have access to the internet, you may fill out the online application at a kiosk in the Ranger Station or Toms Cove Visitor Center when you arrive. See our OSV page for more information.

Maryland District
For the most current OSV closure updates, Facebook users can visit our "Assateague MD OSV Closures" public group at
OSV permits purchased online through may be picked up from 9 am - 5 pm daily at the Ranger Station.

Virginia District
For the most recent OSV closure updates, visit our @ChincoteagueOSV" twitter page. For more info on the North OSV click here (Scroll down below the Maryland and Toms Cove OSV map). OSV permits purchased online through may be picked up from 9 am - 4 pm at the Toms Cove Visitor Center. Please note that the Toms Cove Visitor Center is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in December, January and February.


Roads and Parking Lots

Parking lots in both MD & VA Districts fill up quickly on summer weekends. Expect a wait if you are coming between the hours of 11 am - 2 pm. Visitors and wildlife use the roads and parking lots. They don't always look both ways before crossing. Reduce speed on roads and in parking lots to protect yourself, other visitors and wildlife.

Maryland District - Parking lots are open.
Virginia District - As of 5-21-24, all parking lots are open.



MD District: All trails are open. Visit our Hiking and Biking pages for more information on trails.
VA District: Visit the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge website for updated information on trail status.

Last updated: May 22, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


410 641-1441

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