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Portions of Assateague to Reopen After Sandy

The Old Ferry Landing naturalist shack (Photo: NPS) The Old Ferry Landing naturalist shack (Photo: NPS)
Bayside Picnic Area (Photo: NPS) Bayside Picnic Area (Photo: NPS)

BERLIN, Md.– The National Park Service has announced that limited portions of the Assateague Island National Seashore will reopen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Officials said that the North Ocean Beach parking area will open for day visitation on Friday, Nov. 2, at noon.  The Assateague Island Visitor Center will also be open from  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Transportation inspected the Verrazano Bridge and deemed it safe for vehicular traffic. However, visitors may not currently walk or ride bicycles across the bridge.

Due to severe damage, several areas of the seashore still remain closed.

Backcountry camping and developed camping areas both remain closed until further notice.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is closed and there will be no hunting on the National Seashore until further notice.

According to officials, 95 percent of beach parking has been destroyed. The Old Ferry Landing Road, Bayside Drive and South Ocean Beach parking lots are closed until further notice due to damage, high water and unsafe conditions.

The cycling and pedestrian bridge is severely damaged and is closed until further notice. Portions of the bike lanes on the island were also damaged and are unsafe.

Wildlife on the island, including horses, deer and turkey, have been observed to be fine.

Calls related to visitor access to the National Seashore may be directed to (410) 641-1443.

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