Assateague Island National Seashore Bayside Campground

Berlin, Maryland

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Assateague Island is a barrier island, stretching 37 miles from just south of Ocean City all the way to Chincoteague in Virginia. It’s very narrow in places; this allows for watching the sunrise over the Atlantic and then turning around later in the day and watching it set over Sinepuxent or Chincoteague Bay. The name Assateague is known all over the country as the "place with the wild horses." Indeed, they’re all over the island, though the Virginia (known as Chincoteague ponies) and Maryland herds are kept separate. First-time visitors to Assateague are often amazed when they spot one of the animals; by the end of the visit, they’ve probably fought more than one urge to shoo them away from their campsite or off the road.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

Assateague Island is a barrier island, stretching 37 miles from just south of Ocean City all the way to Chincoteague in Virginia. It’s very narrow in places; this allows for watching the sunrise over the Atlantic and then turning around later in the day and watching it set over Sinepuxent or Chincoteague Bay.

The name Assateague is known all over the country as the "place with the wild horses." Indeed, they’re all over the island, though the Virginia (known as Chincoteague ponies) and Maryland
herds are kept separate. First-time visitors to Assateague are often amazed when they spot one of the animals; by the end of the visit, they’ve probably fought more than one urge to shoo them away from their campsite or off the road.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Berlin
Campsites: 49
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Hiking, Birding, Biking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 410-641-3030 nps.gov/asis
Fees per Night: $30
Facilities: Chemical toilets, cold-water showers, drinking water
Driving Directions: Directions to Assateague Island National Seashore: Bayside Campground

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