• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

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  • Backcountry Camping Closures

    Pope Bay, Green Run, Pine Tree & Tingles Island backcountry campsites will be closed on these dates due to hunting seasons: October 15-25, 2014; November 13-15, 2014; November 29-December 13, 2014; January 16-19, 2015 More »

Camping At Assateague

Firewood Alert (PDF file 81 kb)
Campers may not bring firewood from out of state. Firewood must be purchased locally.

 
Oceanside Campground with tents and car on site, 34kb.

Oceanside Campground

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Camping at Assateague will be a pleasant experience if you plan ahead! The barrier island habitat can be harsh if you are not prepared. Camping is available only in the Maryland district of Assateague Island. Campers are reminded to bring firewood(locally purchased), sunscreen, insect repellent, screen tents for shade and insect protection, and long tent stakes to anchor tents in the sand and wind.
 
Assateague Island National Seashore Campgrounds:
  • Oceanside Drive-in: Tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (no hookups). Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.
  • Oceanside Walk-in: Tent-only sites, located 100-200 feet from centralized parking areas. Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.
  • Bayside Drive-in: Tents, trailers and recreational vehicles (no hookups). Sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. A Drive-In "Generator-Free Zone" is located in Bayside B Loop.
  • Group Camping: Organized clubs and affiliated groups must use group campsites. Tent-only sites, located 100-200 feet from centralized parking area. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Group campsites can be reserved year round, up to 6 months in advance at $40 per night per site.
  • Horse Camp: There are 2 campsites for horse camping available October 16 to April 14. Each site accommodates up to 6 people and 6 horses. The fee is $30 per night per site. Generators are permitted from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Sites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance. Call the toll-free reservation line: 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST) or visit www.recreation.gov.
 
Campsite with RV, picnic table, chairs and American flag, 33kb.

RV Camping

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  • Camping facilities include chemical toilets, cold water showers and drinking water.
  • October 16 through April 14, campsites are first-come first-served and sites are $20 per night.
  • There is a 50% discount for campers with Golden Age, Interagency Senior, Golden Access or Interagency Access passports.
  • For campground regulations or more information call the ranger station at (410) 641-1441 (press 3).
 

National Park Service Reservation System

  • Reservations are required from April 15 through October 15. Campsite reservations are available six months in advance. Be aware that nearly all reservations for weekends are filled the first day that they become available.
    Arrival Date First Day to make Reservations
    April 15 November 15
    May 15 December 15
    June 15 January 15
    July 15 February 15
    August 15 March 15
    September 15 April 15
    October 15 May 15
  • Call the toll-free reservation line: 1-877-444-6777 (10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST) or visit www.recreation.gov.
  • Sites are $25 per night.
 
Tingles Island Backcountry Bayside Campsite with picnic table and fire ring, 46kb.

Tingles Island Bayside Backcountry Campsite

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Backcountry Camping
Assateague Island National Seashore has two oceanside and four bayside camping areas for visitors who wish to backpack or paddle the island. All backcountry campsites are located in Maryland; no camping is permitted in the Virginia district. Backcountry camping without a permit is prohibited. A 7-day backcountry permit is $6 per person (ages 16 years and older). A $15 7-day entrance fee per vehicle is also required. more info...

 

There is no camping available in the Virginia district of Assateague Island. Commercial campgrounds are available on the neighboring island of Chincoteague, Virginia. For more information contact the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce at (757) 336-6161.


Did You Know?

piping plover photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service image library. 4 kb

...that instead of needing to keep her eggs warm, the beach-nesting piping plover will stand over her eggs on hot days to shade them and keep them cool.