Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, Assateague Island National Seashore visitor centers, visitor contact/ranger station and campgrounds will temporarily close effective Tuesday, March 17, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Public parking areas, trails and the oversand vehicle zone (permit holders only) remain open.
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.
National Park Service Reservation System
Assateague Island National Seashore Campgrounds:
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.
Last updated: January 18, 2020