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Legend has it the famous original Chincoteague ponies escaped a shipwreck in the 17th century and swam ashore onto Assateague Island where they have lived ever since. Since the 1830s, the ponies have made an annual swim to the Virginia mainland, where they are rounded up for auction. The event has turned into a popular one for tourists to witness, perhaps in part thanks to Marguerite Henry, who authored the Misty of Chincoteague book series. The event usually occurs on the last Wednesday of July, and as of 2010, it regularly draws over 50,000 spectators.

The closest town is Chincoteague, VA, which has a couple of small grocery stores, a wide variety of gift shops and artists’ galleries, and a museum. Several buildings and homes in the town are historic, dating back to the early 1800s. Search for an RV in Worcester​ County, MD, and get ready to embark on an RV camping vacation of a lifetime.

Getting Outdoors

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is found on the southern end of Assateague Island; it covers around 14,000 acres of marshes, maritime forests, dunes, and shoreline. The northern half of the island is committed to Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park, which encompasses nearly 10,000 acres combined. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge maintains several miles of paved paths that are open to pedestrians and bikers and trails for hiking.

Naturally, the island beaches are a popular draw for many visitors. Visitors can go crabbing, clamming, or fishing provided that they obtain the appropriate licenses. There are several miles of beaches for beachcombing, shell-hunting, and horseback riding (visitors must bring their own horses). The southern portion of the island is open to vehicles, too. The beaches are wide, flat, and usually hard-packed. Call ahead and check on the conditions though, sometimes after storms with strong winds, the sand turns into what’s called “sugar sand” conditions, and many vehicles struggle to get traction. Vehicle access to the beach is often restricted on those days.

Opportunities for wildlife observation and photography are endless. Dolphins frequently frolic in the waves just offshore. The marshes are known habitats of several animals, including a few endangered ones like peregrines, falcons, and snowy owls. Horseshoe crabs, which are endangered, occasionally crawl ashore. Swan Cove is populated by long-legged, spindly herons and egrets. Wild ponies have free roam of the island, and their grazing habits are not predictable. They can usually be found in the marshes but will occasionally venture onto the dunes or beach. Visitors can borrow binoculars from the visitor’s center.

Camping at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Skip the hotel by renting a camper and listen to the sound of waves crashing ashore and cry of gulls as they soar overhead. While camping on Virginia’s side of Assateague Island is not allowed, Maryland’s half has a few campgrounds. Assateague State Park RV campground has over 350 sites, and several have electric hookups. All sites have fire rings or grills. There are bathrooms with hot showers. Open year-round; reservations are highly recommended during the summer months, particularly in late July because it coincides with the annual swim event. Between October and April, the campground operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Heads up, pets are prohibited.

Should space runs out, there are a few other options very close by. The KOA in Chincoteague, VA, has several family-friendly amenities that may appeal. In addition to full hookups, free wifi, and shuttle access, it also has a jumping pillow, a rec room, and planned activities.

Alternatively, Frontier Town RV Resort & Campground near Berlin, MD, boasts over 500 sites for campers to choose from. Hookups range from primitive to full, and some sites have waterfront views or are dockside. All sites have a fire ring, which is terrific for roasting s’mores on a balmy evening. Frontier Town RV Resort and Campground also has a few unique features like a genuine shark that was used as a prop in the movie Jaws, an arcade game room stocked with vintage games, and shuttles to Assateague Island and Ocean City.

Exploring the Area

Hop into a rental motorhome and roll into the bustling town of Ocean City, MD. Between family-friendly activities and adult-oriented fun, there’s plenty of things to do and see in this town. Ocean City has 17 world-class golf courses, dozens of museums, an old-fashioned beachside amusement park, charming boardwalk stores and cafes, museums, and nightclubs.

The small towns scattered across Maryland’s coast have interesting attractions, quirks, and flair for visitors to discover with the help of an Airstream rental. The Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art in Salisbury, MD, is one of the more unique niche museums in the country. Its displays are geared toward featuring wildlife art and crafts, and it has one of the largest collections of waterfowl carvings in the world. Nearby Snow Hill, MD, has several homes and buildings that are registered on the National Register of Historic Places, including a home that is believed to have been owned by George Washington, the United States’ first president.

Rent a travel trailer and retreat to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The fresh sea air and an abundance of outdoor recreational fun make for a fun RV camping trip to Maryland.

RV Rentals in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, MD

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, MD is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoorsy's Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, MD


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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Island Nature Trail Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Wildlife Pond Loop Chincoteague Island, VA
Eastern Shore: Chincoteague to Assateague Island Chincoteague Island, VA
Beachfront Backpacking Trail Chincoteague Island, VA
Woodland Trail Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Beach Walk Assateague Island National Seashore, MD
Pocomoke River Pocomoke River State Park, MD
Pocomoke River Shad Landing Pocomoke River State Park, MD
Milburn Cypress Nature Trail Pocomoke City, MD
Algonquin Cross County Trail Salisbury, MD

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Chincoteague Island KOA Accomack County, VA
Tall Pines Harbor Waterfront Campground Accomack County, VA
Frontier Town RV Resort & Campground Worcester County, MD
Castaways RV Resort & Campground Worcester County, MD
Janes Island Campground Somerset County, MD
Ocean Breeze RV Resort and Campground Grays Harbor County, WA
Dan Nicholas Park Rowan County, NC
Carolina Country Campground Rowan County, NC
Roaring Point Waterfront Campground Wicomico County, MD
Virginia Landing RV Campground Accomack County, VA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, MD from Outdoorsy Owners


Assateague Island

You will love this place right on the beach water everywhere. Wild horses walk right thru your camp sites. This is a place thats on your camping bucket list.

Aug 29, 2019
Pocomoke River State Park: Shad Landing

Want the beach short trip to Ocean City Md. Want the real Eastern shore, Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Berlin are near. Great boat ride to Tangier Island. Pine forest camping, canoeing, pool.

May 6, 2019