Assateague State Park

Assateague State Park Sign

Assateague State Park is an oceanfront beach camping park nestled between the Sinepuxent Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland.

There is a campground as well as an area designated for day use. Bath houses with hot showers make beach campers happy. Drive, bike, and tread carefully though…wild ponies wander freely throughout the park and you are sure to cross paths with them during your stay, whether it be for a week or just for the day.

Assateague State Park Wild Ponies at Sunrise

In the summer months, you are almost guaranteed to find Assateague wild ponies dozing on the beach at sunrise.

About the Park

Assateague State Park encompasses two miles of beautiful beach, bordered by Assateague Island National Seashore on both ends, with the Ocean City Inlet just nine miles north of the park entrance.

Assateague Island State Park is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the National Park Service.

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Camp at Assateague State Park

We believe that beach camping is the best way to enjoy Assateague Island. With a beautiful uncrowded beach, wild ponies and a family atmosphere, what more could you ask for?

Visit our camping page for more information.

Reservations - What You Need to Know

How to Make the Perfect Assateague Camping Reservation

The campsite you choose can really affect your camping experience. Make sure you know how to pick the best campsite before you make your reservation. We did the homework for you right here so you don't have to!

Assateague State Park Sunrise

A Beautiful Morning at Assateague State Park

Day Visits to Assateague State Park

Only have a day to visit Assateague Island? No time (or desire) to camp? No problem!

Soak up some sun on the public access beach. There is a lifeguard on duty for the swimming area from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Launch your boat to enjoy the water, or if sport is what you are after, try your hand at fishing or crabbing.

Things to Do on Assateague Island

Be sure to check with the park before your visit for current rules and regulations.

Operating Hours for Day Use Area

The park is open for day use from 9:00 AM to sunset, 7 days a week. Some activities are permitted outside these hours (such as fishing and use of the boat launch); please check with the park directly for permission.

Pet Policy

Pets are only allowed in the day use areas from October 1 to April 30. No pets are permitted during the regular season. They are however allowed to board your boat at the launch area.

Entrance Fees for Day Use

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as of 01/16/2016

Maryland Resident Out-of-State Resident
Memorial Day to Labor Day $4 per person $6 per person
All Other Times $3 per vehicle $5 per vehicle
Boat Launch $10 per vehicle $12 per vehicle

State Park Contact Information

Assateague 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

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