A wide, beautiful beach.
bayside assateague national park
public beach dogs allowed
Ranger station parking lot
assateague bayside picnic and beach
dogs allowed
Shea n Dad running through waves at assateague
If you forget your water or your dog is like ours and cant resist running water you can stop for a drink at bath station at assateague oceanside
Mom n Shea pose with wild horses on the bayside of assateague
Folks trying to catch crabs on the bayside of assateague with metal traps and chicken on the end of fishing poles. You can also try your luck with digging up mussels. The staff is right there to help and assist you. You may bring your dog along for good luck or walk from island to island while others try their luck
Chester wasn't too keen on the waves, hopefully as we continue to go to the beach he will learn romping in the waves is fun!
Fun at Assateague National Park!
Patches' first visit ! Rainy warm and windy February day.
Happy day
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Kody loved the beach
Assateague doesn't permit nudity, but despite that, the day I took this photo, there was a naked guy wandering about the dunes.
A wide, beautiful beach.
bayside assateague national park


Dogs are allowed on the beach along the Maryland portion of Assateague National Seashore, but are not permitted on the nature trails or anywhere within the Virginia portion of Assateague Island. Dogs must be on a six-foot leash at all times.


BringFido Guest Rating

Assateague National Seashore has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 17 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Aug. 6, 2019
    Amazing Place

    Really nice beach. Many persons with dogs. We did not have the opportunity to stay in campground... important to do reservation in high season. Nice day on the beach with our boxer.

  • Jul. 28, 2019
    Jennies trip to the ocean

    Expensive to get in park but the pass is good for a week. Jennie loved the ocean

  • Jul. 22, 2019
    Our Dog's First Trip to the Ocean!

    We had a great time visiting Assateague National Park (avoid the State Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day - no dogs allowed). The weather was very hot, but the ocean was nice and cool. The wild ponies even made an appearance on the beach. We were careful not to approach as recommended. They are wild after all. There were several other dogs there as well and all were on leashes and well behaved. We visited the south beach and it had restrooms and showers available. The beach itself was also very clean. There were some black flies that did bite, so consider bringing bug spray. Overall, we had a great time and our pup really enjoyed himself. We will definitely be back again!

  • More than a year ago
    great place for people and dogs

    This national park is not only beautiful, it is very dog friendly. A lot has already been written about visiting the ocean, but it is the bay side where we had an amazing time. We took our pup out into the water which was 2 feet high for hundreds of yards. Lots of romping and playing with other dogs. Only four stars because we just had a five star experience mid week after Labor Day. My guess is that during high season this wonderful place will suffer from over population. So go and enjoy, just be prepared. We are heading back tomorrow. Can’t stay away.

  • More than a year ago
    Amazing time!

    We took our dog to the beach for the first time and he loved it! He couldn’t go in very deep because the waves were very big... not sure if it was because a storm was rolling in or if that is the norm. There are facilities and everyone at the beach was so welcoming with our dog! $20 for everyone to get into the beach for 7 days, pretty good. Dogs should be on leashes and you must clean up after your dog. You also must be on the national side not state. Enter on the northern side on route 611; if you have any questions stop at the visitors center. They are very helpful and will point you in the right direction. There are also very nice bathrooms in the visotea center. Once you enter the northern beach head left of the life guard stand as the rules say you are supposed to be further away from the lifenet guard stand (we saw many dogs close to it but we chose to just be safe and follow the rules). Overall great time!

  • More than a year ago
    Not too many dogs around but fun

    We were camping at the national park and just hopped over the dunes to the beach. Okay, confession here: when the beach was empty of both people and wildlife, we let them off leash. Just to let them run off some energy, it's hard to get them enough exercise when you are traveling. We also walked them on leash and they enjoyed that too. We saw a seal sunning himself but not very many other dogs. which is okay with us since we have two. Then we moved to the bay side and let them swim. We kept them inside when there were horses around, no point in looking for trouble.

  • More than a year ago
    Awesome day on the beach with kids and Moose!

    We were a bit nervous taking our 1 year old Vizsla to the beach for various reasons: what if he pooped in front of everyone, what if he was too hot, what if I hooked his leach to my beach chair-he spots a bird, flips me and my cold beverage out of our seats, etc. To our surprise, none of that happened! Tips: Drive into the North beach area all the way to the booth where you pay $20 (totally worth the money to explore this beautiful island and it's good for the week!) immediately park in lot and walk across boardwalk. It can be hot for little paws so be mindful of the temp that day. Once on the sand, turn left and walk to set up anywhere in that area (no dogs allowed near lifeguarded areas). We where here Aug 1st and there was no crowds. Moose hung out on a towel under the umbrella for 4 hours taking in the sights, sounds, and amazing breeze. We also walked him a bit and let him run in the ocean and chase birds. Anyone who doesn't like this beach is probably not an animal lover like we are!

  • More than a year ago
    $20 to get in!!!

    Why is it so expensive to get into this park? It's nice but VERY crowded and there's horse poop everywhere. I guess the horses belong to the park but they are aloud to roam freely - in front of cars, whatever. This is very dangerous for the horses as well as the drivers. Seriously, as crowded as it is at $20 a pop, this place is makin' a killing! You'd think they could build some fences to keep the horses out of the road!

  • More than a year ago
    Try the state park

    From Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day, dogs are allowed in the "day use" areas (beaches) of the state park. They're even allowed off-leash, if they're going to swim.

    Prices are substantially cheaper than the national park - $3.00/car for Maryland residents or $5/car for non-residents.

    The park has a decent restroom/shower/changing facility. Unfortunately, the camp store/gift shop and grill only "officially" operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but when I was there in mid-September they were still open every day.

  • More than a year ago
    Great beach year-round for dogs

    We go here a lot and we love it. There are some restrictions for where you can bring the dog but if you just want to lay on the beach or play in the water with the dog there's no place better. Unlike Ocean City or Bethany there are no seasonal restrictions

  • More than a year ago
    Not worth it

    Yes, it's a beautiful beach. Yes, dogs are allowed. But it cost $20 and there wasn't a single dog around for my dog to play with! I drove 30 min each way from where I was staying in OC so that my dog could romp in the surf and have a morning of fun. Honestly, he had more fun in the sand dunes in the early morning hours right next to my condo (dogs aren't allowed on the beach, so we go out to the dunes early in the morning or late at night to not disturb anyone.) Waste of gas, waste of money, waste of time. And we were here on a Friday morning, which should've been a prime time before the heat of the day! I was disappointed, especially because I couldn't even maximize that admission fee with a hike.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Beach for Dogs

    Assateague National Park is a great beach to visit with your dog. It's $15 to get into the park (we happened to go on a "fee free" weekend but it would have been well worth it to pay the fee. Everyone is super dog friendly and those who don't have dogs with them are extremely dog accepting. There are two parks, the National Park and the State Park. Dogs are not allowed on the State Park side so just be careful to watch for the signs. It wasn't overcrowded like Ocean City (although we did go the last weekend in September so I'm not sure how it is in peak summer season). It is polite (and the rules) to keep your dog on a leash. There is a 6' leash rule but we had a retractable leash and other people had longer leashes to allow their dogs a little more room to run and play. Be a responsible dog parent, clean up after them (there are trash cans in the parking lots) and use common sense. The facilities are very nice and clean and there are dog level water fountains (which is much needed if your dog likes to try to drink sea water like ours). We will definitely be going again in the future and spending more time.

  • More than a year ago
    Better Beach than Ocean City!

    We had our dog with us in Ocean City and decided to take him to Assateague so he could get some beach time. It's about 20 minutes south of OC and the beaches are beautiful - wide and clean, without all of the hassle and clutter in the City. In the national park, dogs are allowed on the beach everywhere but the few hundred yard-long stretch with lifeguards. Our pup turned-out to be afraid of the waves, but loved going after the sea gulls, romping in the sand and sniffing all of the sea debris. Highly recommended as a day trip from OC, or as your primary destination if you're willing to camp.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Time

    Great day at the beach. Parking was a little crowded and we had to walk a little, but it was well worth it. We went on Sunday and arrived at noon. Clean beach and people were friendly. There is a 6ft. leash law. We brought a 30 ft leash and did not get a ticket. 2 out of 6 dogs there did not have a leash but were exceptionally well behaved. Nobody seemed to mind. We would recommend to anyone to get out and give your dog some exercise. (also-watch out for the wild horses! drive slowly)

  • More than a year ago
    Lovely day

    This is one of the best beaches in MD. Clean and friendly, our whole family including our two dogs enjoyed the beach. People give you enough space as to not crowd your dogs, no trash, and the water is clear. We loved it and were so happy we could bring the dogs with us. GREAT BEACH!

  • More than a year ago
    If you have common sense, it's perfect!

    Ocean City won't let dogs on the beach until after October, so this is a great place to bring your dog -- as long as you use a little common sense!! First, don't let him/her near the ponies. They bite and kick and don't want to play. In spite of what some folks may say, LEASHES ARE REQUIRED WHETHER YOUR DOG IS "WELL-BEHAVED" OR NOT. And of course, clean up after them. Only the ponies are allowed to go "wherever" without getting in trouble, but that's easy to spot.

    Dogs must also be licensed and have current rabies vaccines. They will check this (bring tags) at the front kiosk on the National side, and there is a fee to enter but the pass is good for 7 days.

    If your dog loves the water, the bay is a great place for a swim! Boat rentals are also available (though my own dog wouldn't sit still enough for a boat).

  • More than a year ago
    best ocean beach

    Dogs are allowed on the National Park side of Assateague Md. Park at the ranger station and enter beach at walkways. Almost always, the ponies are roaming freely in the parking lot and beach. Clean beach with bathhouse. There is also a bayside park with a beach that allows dogs. They are not allowed in the state park area or any nature trails. Must be leashed and clean up required.

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We've dug up 12 pictures of dogs at Assateague National Seashore for you below. Enjoy!

Wild Horses on Assateague National Seashore
Dog Rides a on a Boat While Watching Horses
nice beach for dogs
Wild Horses
First ocean trip
Winston on the beach
Winston on the beach :)
Winston on the beach
On the boardwalk
On the boardwalk

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