Park Quest 2021 Assateague State Park

Nature Journaling

Historic Rackliffe house

Quest information


Come join our Quest to explore Nature Journaling on the Rackliffe Trail. This quest will take you to our historic Rackliffe house here at Assateague State Park. Check out the Park Quest Nature Journaling guide! You can print it out and bring it with you, or bring a journal and have the guide on your phone. This quest will have you explore a secret beach, the Rackliffe house and grounds, and the Assateague State Park aviary as you use your senses to complete the Nature Journaling activities. Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather! Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water for your journey! We look forward to seeing you on the Rackliffe Trail!

  • ​Availability of Quest: The Rackliffe Trail at Assateague State Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the Quest is available from May 1st through Labor Day weekend. We recommend however that visitors try to plan your trip before 10:00 am or after 3:00 pm to avoid parking areas closed to capacity, traffic congestion, and backups along the road entering the park.
  • Quest Start Location: Free parking is available at the Assateague Island Visitor's Center however parking spaces are limited so plan to visit at off-peak times. Please note that the Rackliffe Trail is located on the mainland side of the park. If you plan to visit the island or the beach, entrance service charges apply. The trailhead is located behind the Assateague Island Visitor’s Center.
  • Approximate Length of Time the Quest Should Take to Complete:  Average Quest time is 1.5 hours.  The full trail loop is 1.5 miles. The quest can be done across the whole trail or may be scaled to your desired length. .
  • Length of Hike for Quest: The full trail loop is 1.5 miles, but the quest can be scaled as desired. All activities can be done anywhere on the trail.
  • Wheelchair or Stroller Accessible? The trail tread is flat, unpaved, natural surfaces and areas can be bumpy and muddy if you visit following a rain event. Wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended.
  • Pets Permitted? Leashed pets are permitted on the Rackliffe Trail. Please come prepared to clean up after your pet and pack out your waste as there are no trash receptacles along the trail.

Birds on a horse


Park Information:
Assateague State Park is Maryland's only oceanfront park. It is located along the Sinepuxent Bay with park areas on the island and mainland. Assateague Island, a barrier island, offers 2 miles of pristine beaches for swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, and wildlife viewing- including the island's famous wild horses. The bayside on the mainland offers a boat ramp and fishing pier, shoreline nature trail, as well as the historic Rackliffe House and Trail. The Assateague Park Quest will introduce you to this area of the park, winding along the bayside shoreline and maritime forest. A highlight of the trail is the historic Rackliffe House, originally built in the 1740's. It has been restored and now operates as a house museum interpreting over 300 years of history. Wildlife is plentiful along the trail offering a variety of habitats for birds, small mammals, insects and amphibians. Parking for the trail access is located at the Assateague Island Visitor's Center located at: 11800 Marsh View Lane, Berlin, MD 21811

Note that parking is limited and it is recommended you visit for your Park Quest at off-peak times, before 10:00 am or after 3:00 pm to avoid crowded conditions. Please refer to the park website https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/eastern/assateague.aspx for additional information and frequently asked questions about Assateague State Park. The park Ranger Station is available 10am-6pm daily at (410) 641-2918.

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