As we were exiting the Life of the Forest trail parking lot, the first thing we see is a wild horse. We drove across Bayberry Drive and parked.
After admiring and photographing the wild horse, we followed Bayberry Drive, north. The third, and last, trail that we hiked while visiting Assateague Island, MD was the Life of the Marsh trail The trail head is located on the first road on your right that you come to after entering Assateague Island National Seashore. As we were heading north, we turned left just before we would have left the National Seashore.
What do we see, as we enter the parking lot for the Life of the Marsh trail? Wild Horses!
Actually we saw one wild horse, as we entered the parking lot. As we began our hike on the marsh trail, a second horse came around the bend of the trail into the parking lot. If we had been a few seconds sooner reaching the trail, we would have come close to being face-to-face with a wild horse!
The Life of the Marsh trail was totally destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and has since been rebuilt, with a beautifully-maintained boardwalk.
The 1/2-mile loop trail offers wonderful elevated views of a salt marsh and Sinepuxtent Bay.
We had hoped to see a lot of wildlife along this trail.
There is one section of the trail that leads down to the shore.
When we returned to the parking lot, the two wild horses that we saw earlier were still hanging around.
It is sensible to be cautious. These are wild horses. There are several signs that tell visitors to keep a bus distance from the horses. The horses are known to kick and bite and charge.
We very much like both portions of the Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia. We will be sure to include a visit to the Maryland portion of the National Seashore in future Chincoteague Island / Assateague Island vacations.
Just before leaving Assateague Island, we saw what I thought was a fawn grazing in a swampy area. Bob parked the car, and I walked to the swamp area. A jeep was parked in front of the swamp, with people taking pictures of the “fawn”. A man walked up to me, from the vicinity of our parked car. From him I learned that the “fawn” was full grown and not a white-tailed deer.
This is not a fawn. It is a full-grown Sika Deer.
After spending a little more than 3 hours exploring Assateague Island, MD we crossed over the Verrazzano Bridge onto the mainland.
We ate lunch at Hardee’s in Pocomoke, MD. I saw photographs of Pocomoke. It looks like a lovely place to visit. Bob, we should add a couple more days to our vacation next time we go to Chincoteague Island, VA.
After lunch, we drove back to Chincoteague, VA. We visited a couple parks in Chincoteague, before returning to our hotel. I will share photographs from those park visits in my next blog post.