Visiting Safely

Recreational opportunities abound on Virginia’s Seaside for the adventurous visitor, but exploring this remote region must be done respectfully, responsibly and safely.

Most barrier islands are open to the public for low-impact, recreational day use, such as hiking, bird watching, surf fishing and photography.

Camping, campfires, vehicles and pets are prohibited on most islands and seasonal restrictions and closures are in place in many areas to protect sensitive resources.

Explore the Virginia Eastern Shore Seaside using our interactive map or site directory and learn more about individual islands and specific visitor use policies.

The seaside is a dynamic landscape with constantly shifting tides, sands and weather. Safety is a top concern when visiting this remote area with limited accessibility and services. Stay alert, come prepared and be aware of island use policies.

Also explore our FAQ section for commonly asked questions about this unique region.

Learn more about Virginia’s Certified Ecotour Guides:

Virginia’s Certified Ecotour Guides

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Island Visitation Policies at a Glance


Seaside islands
Assateague Island
Assawoman Island
Cedar Island
Little Cobb Island
Dawson Shoals
Fisherman Island
Hog Island
Little Cobb Island
Metompkin Island
Mockhorn Island
Myrtle and Mink Islands
Parramore Island
Raccoon Island
Salt marsh
Ship Shoal
Skidmore Island
Smith Island
Wallops Island
Wreck Island