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.

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, maximize physical distance from each other, avoid crowding in all areas and practice Leave No Trace principles.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Visit NPS Recreate Responsibly for tips to safely enjoy your visit to your national park.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on


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. Restrooms are open in Maryland and Virginia.

Starting Saturday June 27, 2020: A limited number of lifeguards will be on duty through September 28, 2020 for emergency response only from Thursdays through Mondays from 10 am - 5 pm. There will be NO LIFEGUARDS on duty Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Swim at your own risk. 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.


(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
410-641-3030 press #3
Outside walk-up window open daily from 9 am - 4:30 pm for OSV permit and pass sales.

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
Temporarily Closed to public entry effective Tuesday, March 17, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. As of August 15, 2020: America’s National Park Store in the MD district (located in the visitor center) is open Thursday - Monday from 9 am - 4 pm. The store is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitor center exhibits and information desk remain closed.

Toms Cove Visitor Center (VA District)
8586 Beach Road, Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
757-336-6577 press #2
Temporarily Closed to public entry effective Tuesday, March 17, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. As of May 21, 2020: Outside walk-up window is open daily from 10 am - 12 pm & 1 - 4 pm for OSV permit and pass sales and information.


Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Zones

The Maryland (MD) District and VIrginia (VA) District OSV Zones are currently open. OSV permits may be purchased at the walk-up OSV sales windows at the Ranger Station (MD) and the Toms Cove Visitor Center (VA). See our OSV page for more information. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Maryland District
For the most current OSV closure updates, Facebook users can visit our "Assateague MD OSV Closures" public group at
OSV permits may be purchased daily from 9 am - 4:30 pm at the Ranger Station walk-up window.

Virginia District
For the most recent OSV closure updates, visit the "@ChincoteagueOSV" twitter page. For more info on the North OSV click here. Effective 11-13-19, OSV permits in the Virginia district will only be available for purchase 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. OSV permits may be purchased daily from 10 am - 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm at the Toms Cove Visitor Center walk up window.


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.

Maryland District - Parking lots are open.
Virginia District - As of 9-22-20, parking lot #1 is temporarily closed. Expect temporary closures of portions of parking lots #2-4 due to overwash conditions.



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. The boardwalk connecting Toms Cove Visitor Center and lot # 2 is partially closed.

Last updated: September 22, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


(410) 641-1441

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