Assateague Island National Seashore Campground


Assateague Island, famed for its wild horses, lies off the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is a constantly shifting ribbon of sand, altered daily by powerful wind and waves. The Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park, and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge each manage and protect this unique, diverse strip of land. For more information go to https://www.nps.gov/asis


Facilities

The campground is open year-round. Advance reservations are available up to 6 months in advance during the following dates:  Oceanside Group Sites: Year-round. Equestrian Non-electric sites: From October 16 through April 15 each year (closed April 16 - October 15). Oceanside and Bayside Individual sites: From March 15, 2019 through November 15 each year (first come first serve only, November 16 - March 14).  Amenities include vault toilets, drinking water, and unheated showers for rinsing off sand. Water in the campground is available when temperatures are above freezing, and year round at the dump stations. The island can be accessed from the northern route in Maryland or the southern route in Virginia, but there is no through road from one end of the island to the other. Access to both Maryland and Virginia entrances are reached by bridge over mainland routes. 

Nearby attractions

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge offers a 14,000-acre wildlife preserve located at the southern end of Assateague Island. To the north, Assateague State Park features two miles of pristine ocean beaches. Ocean City, Maryland is only about 10 miles away with a 2.5 mile long boardwalk filled with shops, restaurants, and a wide variety of entertainment options. The historic town of Berlin is about 10 miles west of Assateague, offering many shops and restaurants. 

Natural feaures

Assateague is a 37-mile long barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia. The terrain is a mix of sand dunes, maritime forests and salt marshes, and is just a couple miles wide at its broadest section. Two herds of wild horses inhabit the island. The Maryland herd roams freely in part of Assateague Island National Seashore. The Virginia herd roams in large fenced areas in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The horses are descendants of late 17th century horses brought by colonists attempting to avoid livestock taxes. They now thrive among other wildlife including sika deer, ghost crabs and migrating birds like the great blue heron and snowy egret.

Recreation

Activities are abundant on the island, with crabbing and clamming, and a long stretch of beach for swimming, kayaking and fishing.


Driving directions to Assateague Island National Seashore Campground

Follow US Route 50 east to MD Route 611 south. Proceed over Verrazano Bridge. Take first right onto BayBerry Drive. Continue 2.25 miles to entrance station. Pay entrance fee. Take first right to ranger station to register and check in.

Location and contact info

Unnamed Road, MD 21863

For campground inquires, please call:410-641-3030

Assateague Island National Seashore Campground details

  • Checkin time: 12:00 PM
  • Checkout time: 11:00 AM
  • Hike in distance to site: 600
  • Location rating: Good
  • Max num of people: 6
  • Max num of vehicles: 2
  • Max vehicle length: 20
  • Pets allowed
  • Campfire allowed
  • Site rating: Basic
Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

Amenities at Assateague Island National Seashore Campground

  • supplies

    Picnic table


Activities at Assateague Island National Seashore Campground

Camping

Hiking

Fishing

Windsurfing

Clam digging

Crabbing

Biking

Surfing

Birding

Wild horse viewing

Interpretive programs

Swimming

Kayaking

Canoeing

Beachcombing


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