Assateague Island National Seashore Backcountry Campground Sites

Berlin, Maryland 21811

Assateague Island National Seashore Backcountry Campground Sites

Assateague Island National Seashore: Backcountry Campground Sites Professional Review and Guide

"The backcountry campsites at Assateague Island National Seashore are not for the faint of heart; they are reached only after a decent walk or paddle and require that you haul in all your gear, even water.

Those who do undertake the trip are rewarded with an unparalleled experience—a stunning (and often empty) beach where, on a clear night, accompanied by the soft lap of Atlantic waves, one can gaze into a sky full of stars unimpeded by artificial light. It’s like stepping back a century or so, and it offers an unforgettable experience, well worth the work of getting there."

Assateague Island National Seashore: Backcountry Campground Sites Reviews

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Two of us attempted to kayak to the Pope Bay campsite and hike into the State Line for a two day overnight stay. A late arrival and late entry into the water cramped our timeline. The timeline constraints and currents in the Chincoteague Bay prevented us from reaching Pope Bay before nightfall and we had to camp at Green Run (4.5 hrs after launching) for the night. When they say that camping is not recommended due to the bug problem they mean it. I have never seen so many mosquitoes in my life. They buffeted every part of your body simultaneously including parts of your body like your eyelashes if you spoke you ran the risk of getting them in your mouth. The good news is that the 100% Deet repellent successfully repelled the mosquitoes the bad news is that the one ounce spray bottles they come in hold just enough for about one use which left me venerable the next morning and now I look like I have the chicken pox. Exhausted from the paddling and the thought of adding 2 more miles to our 10 mile trek we abandoned our goal of reaching Pope Bay and returned to the drop in point. While I probably would never kayak into the park again those attempting to do so would be wise to obtain a GPS unit with detailed maps and satellite views. There were very few markings in which to navigate by and we spent a good bit of time paddling out of dead end coves thought to be through passages according to the park map. My GPS unit was several years old and despite a recent map upgrade I resorted to my iPhone (its 3G mostly) to get me though a couple of grassy marsh areas as it gave better land mass recognition. One note the park provided map provides GPS coordinates for all the campsites but does not provide coordinates for Ferry Landing where paddlers put in so make sure you grab a waypoint before you leave. Overall it was a thrilling experience but only for those in very good physical fitness (i.e. you exercise for endurance regularly) and who are up for a challenge.

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Year-round (with a few exceptions, see complete trail guide for more details)
Boating, Hunting, Birding
Additional Use
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Chemical toilets

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Jul 2018