Assateague Island State Park

Assateague Island State Park offers 350 oceanside campsites with flushing toilets, hot showers and drinking water. Assateague State Park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Assateague Island Wild Pony Sleeping in Campsite

Campground Information

Operating Season

Regular Season: Late April - End of October

Primitive Camping Season: November - Late April


Maximum two week stay. Can re-register after vacating the park for at least one week.

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, a two-night weekend stay (Friday and Saturday) is required unless you are booking 7 or more nights.

Minimum three-night stay on holiday weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

Reservation Window

Regular operating season campsites can be reserved up to one year in advance.

The exception to this is youth group sites that are being booked by non-passholding groups. These groups can reserve a site up to six months in advance.

Assateague Pony and Bath House

One thing I love about Assateague State Park is the bath house -
it's there in the background.

Types of Campsites Available

Oceanside Drive-In

Suitable for tents, trailers and RVs

Electric hookups are available in H Loop and pets are allowed in J Loop.

Youth Group Camping Area

Assateague Island State Park has two areas dedicated for youth group camping. Each site can accommodate up to 75 people.

At least one adult per five children is required.

There is a $2 fee per person per night for group sites in addition to the nightly campsite fee.

Be sure to check with Assateague State Park for current youth group camping regulations.

Primitive Camping

No amenities are provided during the primitive camping season!

No tent camping is allowed. According to Assateague State Park, only "self-contained units" are permitted. This reduces the options down to vehicles or campers that provide bathroom facilities and storage for grey water. Potable water is also not provided. Many other restrictions apply.

Pets are allowed from October 1 to April 1

All sites are first-come, first-served and utilize self-registration.

Please see Assateague State Park for current primitive camping restrictions, self-registration instructions and regulations.

Two Assateague Ponies with Camper


Big Lighted Bath Houses

The bath houses also have mirrors and electrical outlets.

Flushing Toilets

Hot Showers

Don't forget to wear your sandals!


There are sinks in the bath house with hot and cold water as well as hand        soap and hand dryers.

We recommend taking along some hand sanitizer just in case they run out of soap.

There is also a utility sink for washing dishes in the back of the bath house.

Drinking Water

We use the water from the utility sink. Buying water gets too expensive and we can't taste the difference.

Picnic Table

These are big and heavy.

Ground Camp Fire Ring

Some have grates and some do not. Bringing a grate is recommended if you plan on cooking over the fire.

Electric Hookups in H Loop

These go fast. Make sure you make your reservation well in advance.


Big Playground

Pets Allowed in J Loop

We always bring our dogs! There are only a handful of sites available and they go even faster than the electric hookup sites. We reserve our site a year in advance.

Boat Launch

Nature Center

Great for kids! Check the interpretive programs schedule for activity times (posted on each bath house and in the ranger station). Most of the activities are free.

Camp Store

The camp store has souvenirs as well as ice, food and beverages.

Wi-Fi internet access is also available!

Kayak Rentals

Guarded Swimming Area

Lifeguards on duty in the day use swimming area from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Memorial Day to Labor Day

Things to Do

Though we always camp for at least a week at a time, there's always more to do than we have time for.

Here's just some of the activities that keep Assateague Island campers busy:

Things to Do at Assateague State Park


Campsite Fees - From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as of 01/17/2016

Type of Campsite Fee
Regular Campsite $27.49 + Service Charge* per night
Campsite with Electric $38.49 + Service Charge* per night
Primitive Camping $10.00 per night

Reservation Method*Service Charge
Internet $4.56
Call Center $4.61
At the Park $4.51

Ready to Camp?

Seagull Sunbathing on Assateague Island

Not so fast!

Assateague Island State Park isn't the only park on this beautiful island! Be sure to check out Assateague National Park before making your decision.

Once you have decided which park to visit, ensure you know how to make the perfect reservation before you seal the deal.

OK now I'm ready to make my reservation!

Regular Campsites

You have three options for reserving your campsite at Assateague Island State Park:


  • Reserve in Person at the Campground Office

Youth Group Campsites

  • Youth Groups with a valid Maryland Youth Group Pass
  • 1-888-432-2267

  • Youth Groups without a valid Maryland Youth Group Pass
  • 1-410-641-2918 (in-season)

    1-410-641-2120 (off-season)

Assateague Island State Park
Contact Information

Assateague Island State Park Website

Ranger Station & Campground Office

    Phone: (410) 641-2918

    April 22 - May 21
    Sun - Thurs 8:30am-8:00pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am-10:00pm

    May 22 - September 7
    8:30am-10:00pm 7 days a week

    September 8 - October 25
    Sun-Thurs 8:30am-8:00pm; Fri-Sat 8:30am-10:00pm

Assateague Island Visitor Center

This is managed by the National Park Service

    Phone: (410) 641-1441
    Hours: Open all year 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

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