Assateague Island is a national park near Ocean City, MD and 1/4 mile east of Chincoteague, VA. It contains over 37 miles of beach filled with beautiful seashells along the shore.
More than 300 wild ponies wander along the beaches, dunes, and salt marshes. Some people believe that the wild horses arrived there with early colonial settlers. Others believe that the wild horses arrived when a Spanish galleon cargo ship sank off the coast and the cargo of horses swam to shore. To further credit that belief, in 1997 a Spanish shipwreck was discovered off Assateague Island.
Additionally, Assateague Island is also one of the most popular birding destinations in the United States. There are over 300 species of migratory and resident birds. It is an vital part of the Atlantic flyway and the prime habitat for thousand of waterfowl and other birds with migration instincts that take them north and south each year.
My husband and I have visited there a couple of times this year. Tim enjoyed his metal detecting while I snapped hundreds of pictures. I was hoping to find some of the ponies in the ocean or on the beach but unfortunately I did not get lucky. I only saw a few on the sidewalk and that was exciting. Next year, I intend on visiting in July when they have their annual pony swim.