Assateague Island Campground

Assateague Island National Seashore

Outer Atlantic Coast, Maryland

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Assateague Island Campground


  • A wild horse on the side of the road.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A camper setup in the bayside campground.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Horses meander through the campground.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Another example of a bayside campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Horses on an empty campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A truck stops to check out the horses on the road leading to the bayside camping.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A walkway through one of the oceanside camping loops.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A group camping site.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A drive-in campsite in an ocean loop.- Assateague Island Campground
  • The walkway leading to the ocean from the campground.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A skateboard rests against a bike rack in one of the oceanside camping loops.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Riding a bike on the road connecting the different camping loops.- Assateague Island Campground
  • An example of the facilities in each camping loop.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A walk-in oceanside campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Campsites located along the beach.- Assateague Island Campground
  • The fence separating the campground from the ocean.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A path to an oceanside walk-in campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • An oceanside walk-in campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • Campsites nestled between the dunes offer privacy.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A campsite with a nice view of the ocean.- Assateague Island Campground
  • A wide-open campsite.- Assateague Island Campground
  • An elevated look at the oceanside campground.- Assateague Island Campground
Overview + Weather
Large campsites in the dunes. Beach access.
Mosquitoes can be an issue during the summer.
Outer Atlantic Coast, MD
Managed by: 
National Park Service
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
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Campground Description

Campground Description


While Assateague Island National Seashore may span two states, only the Maryland side has a campground. The campground is split into multiple loops, with three loops on the bay side of the island, two drive-in loops, and three walk-in loops. All of these spots will give the camper a different experience on the island.

On the bayside loops, some of the campsites boast great views of the bay and have lots of shade, whereas others are just open plots of grass. Since there are no hookups on the island, generators are common in the bay loops; however, loop B is a generator-free zone. Bayside loops are great if you plan to spend a lot of time kayaking.

The campground's oceanside camping loops really shine. These sites range from small patches of sand to almost-hidden spots within the dunes. All oceanside camping loops have a wooden walkway leading to the ocean, showers, and vault toilets.

Assateague Island is famous for its wild horses, which often roam the campgrounds in search of human food. While some oceanside walk-in sites have horse-proof lockers to store your food, many do not. It is important for the horses and your own safety to store all food away when not in use, as human food can cause serious illness or death to the wild horses.

If camping during the spring, summer, or early fall, plan on bringing a lot of bug spray, as the mosquitoes can be quite obnoxious in the dunes.

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