Camping at Assateague National Park

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.

Assateague Island Wild Ponies in Campsite

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!

Campground Information

Operating Season

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.


Assateague Wild Ponies snoozing in campsite
  • Chemical Toilets
  • 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!

  • Cold Shower Stations
  • 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!

  • Drinking Water
  • All sites have fresh drinking water with the exception of backcountry sites.

  • Picnic Table
  • Upright Grill or Ground Camp Fire Grill
  • Pets Allowed
  • Be sure to read the Pet Policy! Pets aren't allowed in some areas of the park.

Types of Campsites Available

  • Oceanside Drive-In
  • Suitable for tents, trailers and RVs

  • Oceanside Walk-In
  • Located 100-200 feet from designated parking areas. Tents only. (Unless you can carry your camper?)

  • Bayside Drive-In
  • Suitable for tents, trailers and RVs. There's also a generator-free zone for those who want peace and quiet (of the mechanical kind).

  • Group Sites
  • 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. 

  • Backcountry
  • 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:

    • Park Entrance Fee
    • Campsite Fee

    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

    Assateague National Park Fees

    Campsite Fees - From the National Park Service as of 01/17/2016

    Type of Campsite Fee
    Regular Campsite
    Mar 15 - Nov 15
    $30 per night
    Regular Campsite
    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)

    Things to Do

    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:

    Things to Do at Assateague Island National Seashore

    Ready to camp?

    Assateague Island Sunset

    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:

    Additional Resources

    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.


    Assateague Island National Seashore Map

    Bayside and Oceanside Campground Map

    Backcountry Campsite Map


    Camping Regulations

    Backcountry Camping Regulations

    Pet Policy:

    Pet Policy 

    Assateague National Park Contact Information

    Assateague Island National Seashore Website

    Sinepuxent District (Maryland) Ranger Station & Campground Office

      Phone: (410) 641-3030
      Hours: Open all year. Hours vary with the season.

    Assateague Island Visitor Center

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

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