Planning Your Visit During COVID-19

  • The refuge is open from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily.
  • Brochures and information are available at a self-serve station in the Foyer of the Refuge Visitor Center from 10am to 2pm daily.
  • If you need further information, ask one of our friendly staff members at the Entrance Fee Booth.
  • Before you arrive, check out the Plan Your Visit section of our website.
  • All trails and parking at trailheads remain open.
  • Restrooms are available at the Trailheads (see the Trail Map). There are no restrooms available at the Visitor Center at this time.
  • All normally allowed beach activities (fishing, swimming, sunbathing, etc.) are permitted, provided you practice social distancing and follow standard refuge rules and regulations.
  • For Over Sand Vehicle Permits see the Assateague Island National Seashore website.
  • Please practice leave no trace during your visit.
  • Some beach parking is available.
  • No Lifeguards on duty! 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.
  • Tours of Assateague Lighthouse are temporarily suspended.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. CDC tips for reducing the spread of and exposure to germs.