The distinctive red and white tower of the Assateague Lighthouse is 142 feet high and almost 5 miles inland on the Virginia side of the island. Earlier, shore-based versions of the light proved too vulnerable to storms and shifting sands. The current tower was moved farther inland in 1867.
Assateague Lighthouse is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. It is recognizable to many because of its broad red and white stripes and unique double-flash pattern.
Lighthouse buffs come from all around the world to visit Assateague Lighthouse. Visitors are delighted to discover that they can easily walk or bike to the lighthouse. That’s true of almost everything on Assateague and Chincoteague. The islands are the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. Traffic is typically light on the roads and there are miles of trails, including one out to the lighthouse.
Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours every weekend, April to November – and yes, you can climb the tower!
Both Chincoteague and Assateague Island are relatively flat. Consequently, Assateague Lighthouse stands head and shoulders above just about everything else on the islands! It towers over you as you approach the base – and the views from the top? Absolutely stunning. Not only can you see the entirety of both Assateague and Chincoteague but also Wallops Island and portions of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland!
The tower is open for free tours on weekends in April through November, 9am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 3pm.
Donations go towards maintaining lighthouse tour staff and maintenance.
Visit www.assateagueisland.com for more information about the Assateague Light.
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