Camping Near Assateague Island

Camping Near Assateague Island
Between its state park and its national seashore, Assateague Island preserves a long stretch of Maryland's Atlantic seacoast from development. A trip to Assateague Island means tall sand dunes and wetlands behind the beach, instead of a long row of hotels, bars and restaurants. For the shore fishermen, open water swimmers, bird watchers or just those in search of a long bike ride by the beach, Assateague offers all of that and more in a natural setting. For campers, two campgrounds sit on the island itself, with more options nearby on the mainland.
 

Assateague State Park

One of two campgrounds on Assateague Island, Maryland's Assateague State Park is enormously popular and reservations are recommended by the Maryland Deptartment of Natural Resources. The campground consists of 350 sites organized into 10 loops. Only H-Loop has electrical hook-ups, so most of the sites are oriented towards tent camping. Each site has a parking space, picnic table and fire ring, and the campground is serviced by several centrally placed bathhouses. The camping loops extend down Ocean Drive, nestled between that road and the high, beachfront sand dunes. All campsites are therefore just a few minutes walk from the beach. Assateague State Park's campground is open between late April and early November.

Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-2120
dnr.state.md.us

 
 

Assateague National Seashore

The national seashore, located due south of the state park, also has a campground. The Oceanside Campground offers a mix of drive-in and walk-in campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and charcoal grill. The 104 campsites and five group camping areas are organized into seven zones behind the sand dunes, and therefore every campsite is just a few minutes walk from the beach. Bayside Campground faces towards Sinepuxent Bay, and has 35 drive-in campsites organized into two loops, each with a picnic table and charcoal grill. Both campgrounds come equipped with water spigots, cold showers and chemical toilets, and have access to the national seashore's hiking trails.

Assateague National Seashore
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-1441
nps.gov

Frontier Town

Frontier Town is a family-oriented western theme park with a campground attached, located roughly five miles from the bridge into Assateague State Park. It is also only five miles from the vacation town of Ocean City, Maryland, offering a central position for two very different kinds of beach experiences. The 500-site campground is mostly RV-oriented, with the dedicated tent-camping areas. Two of these are by the campground entrance, while the third is situated on a peninsula jutting out into Sinepuxent Bay. Frontier Town's campground is serviced by several bathhouses, a camp store with propane sales, outdoor swimming pool, sporting courts, its own marina, fishing and crabbing piers, and a swimming beach.

Frontier Town
8428 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD‎
410-641-0880‎
frontiertown.com

Castaways RV Resort and Campground

Like Frontier Town, Castaways is also on the mainland between Ocean City and Assateague Island. The campground is strongly oriented towards RVs, with 318 sites organized into lanes and very little tree shade. However, the sites are grassy and tent campers receive a reduced rate. All campsites have water and electrical hook-ups, and the campground is serviced by bathhouses with coin laundries, its own marina and swimming beach on Sinepuxent Bay, fishing and crabbing piers, deli, arcade, fitness center and rentals for jet skis, kayaks and fishing boats.

Castaways RV Resort and Campground
12550 Eagles Nest Road
Berlin, MD 21811
410-213-1266
castawaysrvoc.com

 

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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