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This page focuses on the traditional clothing/optional beach at Assateague National Seashore. The seashore in question is actually a barrier island located just south of Ocean City, Maryland and is bisected by the Virginia/Maryland State line. For several years, nude recreationists have been using a portion of the Maryland section that is administered by the National Park Service (NPS). We do not advise using the Virginia section, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, for nude recreation because of the Accomack County, Virginia anti-nudity ordinance that was passed in June of 1984. After numerous meetings with the Assateague National Seashore Management, we can neither encourage nor discourage use of the north end of Assateague Island as a clothing optional beach..
An important fact has been pointed out by the Assateague National Seashore (ANS) Management, namely that ANS federal law enforcement has been operating under Concurrent Jurisdiction in Maryland since May of 1996. As we understand it, this means that on the federal portion of the Maryland section of Assateague Island, Maryland laws will now be enforced by National Park Service Rangers. We also know that the ANS federal management operates under the assumption that Maryland law makes simple nudity on the beach illegal under Maryland law. We also understand that tickets for nudity are invariably given out every year. Users of the beach there should be aware that not all NPS rangers are involved in law enforcement. The fact that NPS uniformed maintenance personnel might ignore you does not mean that an NPS enforcement ranger might not come by 5 minutes later and issue a $250 ticket.