The Assateague National Park campground in Maryland consists of both oceanside and bayside campsites. Chemical toilets, cold showers and drinking water are available for use at these sites. Assateague National Seashore is managed by the National Park Service.
Not interested in camping with wild ponies?
It's not for everybody.
During your day visit, be sure you don't miss out on everything Assateague National Park has to offer!
Open year-round with reservations recommended from Mar 15 - Nov 15
Limit of 14 consecutive nights and 28 cumulative nights during the reservation season. No cumulative limits the rest of the year.
OK so they are not optimal but they get the job done. It sure beats using nature's bathroom!
Most stations have hand sanitizer but I suggest you bring along extra. Sanitizing wipes and extra toilet paper can't hurt as well.
Please make sure any toilet paper you use in a chemical toilet is at the very least completely biodegradable and preferably made for use specifically in portable toilets. Do not use regular toilet paper in chemical toilets!
In the heat of the day a cold shower actually feels pretty good. Most showers have walls for privacy. Don't forget to wear your sandals!
All sites have fresh drinking water with the exception of backcountry sites.
Be sure to read the Pet Policy! Pets aren't allowed in some areas of the park.
Suitable for tents, trailers and RVs
Located 100-200 feet from designated parking areas. Tents only. (Unless you can carry your camper?)
Suitable for tents, trailers and RVs. There's also a generator-free zone for those who want peace and quiet (of the mechanical kind).
The National Park Service requests that all organized groups and clubs use designated group campsites.
Located 100-200 feet from designated parking areas. Tents only.
Great for those who wish to hike or paddle the island.
Can accommodate up to 25 people at most sites.
A backcountry permit is required. Sites are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations can be made in advance due to the island's ever-changing weather.
Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland District) has four bayside and two oceanside backcountry campsites.
Bayside backcountry campsites are closed during hunting season.
Sites are located from 2.5 to 13 miles away from the Ranger Station
There are two fees required for camping at Assateague Island National Seashore:
Both fees are required if you are camping in the park, not just the nightly campsite cost.
We recommend purchasing at least an annual pass if you plan on visiting more than once a year. This is the most economical way to go.
An additional fee is required if you wish to do some oversand vehicle driving (OSV).
Park Entrance Fees - From the National Park Service as of 01/17/2016
Campsite Fees - From the National Park Service as of 01/17/2016
|Type of Campsite||Fee|
Mar 15 - Nov 15
|$30 per night|
Nov 16 - Mar 14
|$30 per night|
|Group Campsite||$50 per night|
|Backcountry Campsite||$10 for a 7 day permit + 7 day entrance fee of $20 per vehicle
(no additional park entrance fee required)
Camping at Assateague Island National Seashore provides the best opportunity to experience all the park has to offer.
Here is a short list of activities to get you started:
Not so fast!
Assateague National Park isn't the only park on this beautiful island! Be sure to check out Assateague State 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!
You have two options for reserving your campsite at Assateague National Park:
These documents are provided for your convenience.
We do our best to provide complete and up to date information, but always check with Assateague National Park before arrival for current rules and regulations.
Sinepuxent District (Maryland) Ranger Station & Campground Office
Assateague Island Visitor Center
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