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This trail is very aptly named. Be sure to remember your binoculars.

Life of the Marsh Trail is an interpretive hike with signs explaining the area's ecosystem. If the signs don't provide enough information to suit you, the visitor centers sell guides. As you begin the hike from the boardwalk trail, you'll be greeted with an expansive shimmering marshland. As you make your way along the path, you'll understand why it bears the name, Life of the Marsh Trail. Move slowly and watch the area come alive among the cordgrass and salt meadow hay. It is here where you're likely to see the famous Assateague horses. Listen for the rapture of birdlife as you identify statuesque waders staring into the still waters. Beyond the marshland, observe stunted maritime evergreens of loblollies, wax myrtle and bayberry. As you near the end, you're offered a short spur leading to sights of Chincoteague Bay. Binoculars and bug repellent are recommended.

Directions: From Berlin, MD, Travel east along Route 376 about 4 miles turning right onto Route 611. Follow it several miles south carrying it directly to the parkland. After entering National Seashore, make your first right to reach trailhead parking. Signage is excellent. Trail begins at the boardwalk.

Elevation: Sea Level

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Difficulty: Easy

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Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

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