We’d hoped to encounter the famous ponies of Maryland’s Assateague Island on the beach. But on the day of our visit we saw them only along the highway near the entrance to Assateague State Park. These are feral horses, left largely to their own devices, one of the last wild herds in the United States. They seemed unpurturbed by us as we pulled our car over and photographed them from the other side of the road. Few were out this day, and only these two were close enough to photograph, even with my camera at maximum zoom.

Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague
Wild ponies at Assateague

Canon PowerShot S95

Travel

Wild ponies at Assateague

Photos of two wild ponies we met on Assateague Island in Maryland.

Image

Assateague is a skinny island just south of Ocean City in Maryland. Where Ocean City was all tourist attractions and (probably) trucked-in sand, the beaches along Assateague are natural and wild. The northern part of Assateague Island is in Maryland and hosts both Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore. The southern end of the island is in Virginia and hosts the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Assateague is perhaps best known for the wild ponies that roam it. I’ll share some pony photos soon, but for now, just enjoy the beach.

The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park
The beach at Assateague State Park

Canon PowerShot S95

Travel

The beach at Assateague

Just some photos of the wild, natural beach on Assateague Island in Maryland.

Image