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The Wild Ponies of Maryland

March 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 


Just a short drive from the bustling town of  Ocean City, Maryland is Assateague Island National Seashore home to Maryland’s herd of wild ponies. Unlike the wild ponies of Chincateague, these ponies roam free among the islands visitors, so you’ll need to be careful while driving the island that you keep an eye out for the pony in the middle of the road.

R and the horseshoe crab

R takes the horseshoe crab out for a better look

Assateague has a nice visitors center that houses exhibits explaining the ponies, and other wildlife that lives on the island. There are tanks with fish, horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures that are native to the area.  The tank with the crabs is a hands on exhibt. So the kids were able to get an up close look at the horseshoe crab (yeah, they’re pretty alien looking)The park rangers there were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any of our questions.

There’s plenty to do besides just see the ponies on the island. There’s a nice beach with a guard station, plenty of bike and hiking trails as well. The weather wasn’t quite warm enough for swimming in the ocean, so we made our trip a quick one and just took a nice drive to take in all the wildlife. We also saw a doe and her fawn as we were watching for the ponies.

wild ponies on the road The park is well signed to remind you that the ponies are wild and though they may be close enough to reach out and touch, you’ll want to heed the warning. Ponies can kick and bite, either one of those things is enough to put a damper on your trip.

There’s so much to do in this area, that it’s well worth a camping trip to take it all in. Try Woodalls to search the area for a campground to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for the thrill of the boardwalk or just a peaceful ride through nature, this area has it all.


One Response to “The Wild Ponies of Maryland”
  1. dana t. says:

    OH! What a great park!
    We aren’t going to be making it that far north this winter, but I’m marking it down for future reference. :)

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