Assateague Island National Seashore Oceanside Campground

Berlin, Maryland 21811

Assateague Island National Seashore Oceanside Campground

Assateague Island National Seashore: Oceanside Campground Professional Review and Guide

"How’d you like to wake up on the beach, the Atlantic Ocean over the closest dune, while the silhouette of a wild horse stretches across your tent wall? Sounds like paradise? It’s pretty close, and it’s well worth the relentless mosquitoes. It’s Assateague Island National Seashore. Oceanside campsites at Assateague Island can be tough to get.

Everyone’s clamoring for a spot in the sand just a hundred feet from the Atlantic. (You should note, however, that the campsites are in the dunes, so the ocean won’t be visible from your tent.) Even summer’s heat and biting bugs aren’t enough to deter the crowds. They come for the sunrises, sunsets, horses, swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and off-roading."

Assateague Island National Seashore: Oceanside Campground Reviews

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Great trip. Not so much a trail as it is a really long beach walk. Definitely want to walk right on the water barefoot or in sandals because that's where the sand is the most packed. Camp as close to the water as possible, otherwise you'll get eaten by mosquitos and horseflies. By the water, where there is breeze, you'll be fine. There is plenty of wood to make a fire if you walk a little ways inshore, but to do before the sun goes down. I'd recommend brining a fishing rod, as surf fishing can provide dinner. Battled a sand shark for about half an hour around midnight, before my line broke. Great trip.
This is not really a trail, in the traditional sense. It's a hike along the beach, and your blazes are the KM (not mile) posts along the way. It's a beautiful area, the dunes and foliage on one side and the ocean on the other. Although flat, it's somewhat challenging to walk in the sand. Other factors here are the wind -- almost always blowing fairly briskly, except sunset and sunrise -- and the bugs, anytime before the first frost. You can count on the wind being against you at least one way, unless you're lucky and it changes while you're camping. I had a pretty stiff breeze hiking in. The bugs -- mosquitos and biting flies -- turned me back from a side trail to the bayside. You need serious100% DEET. It's a little over four miles in and the same back to Little Levels backcountry camping, the northernmost ocean side camp area. It is very beautiful and relaxing to sleep in the dunes hearing the ocean all night. A nice camping area, with individual picnic tables and a chemical toilet. There is no fresh water here -- must be packed in. Your filter will do you no good. Also -- bring long tent stakes, because of the sand.

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Trail Information

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Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
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Fees per Night
Chemical toilets, cold-water  showers, drinking water

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Jul 2018