of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands
If you would like to venture even further into the island, you will need an off-road vehicle and to purchase a permit. The permit as of Ssummer of 2012 costs $70-$150, depending on the type of access desired; it is good for a year. The National Park Service has established regulations on the type of vehicle you may take onto the beaches and requires you to carry certain equipment with you while on their off road trail. Read the Requirements.
A quick stop at the ranger’s station to pay your permit fee, sign some paperwork and you’re on your way.
Off-road trail leading to Assateague Island National Seashore
I wasn't sure what to expect or if the trouble of purchasing the permit was worth the time and money, however what we saw quickly proved to be well worth it!
People were fishing and swimming in the ocean as wild ponies walked right by.
There were fewer flies along the beach and the ponies seemed more comfortable.