What’s better than camping at the beach? How about backcountry camping at the beach! With a little extra effort in the form of backpacking along the water for 2 to 13 miles or paddling in (rad!) you can leave the riff raff behind for an idyllic, marshy, sand barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean complete with roaming wild horses. Choose between oceanside or bayside spots (bring the bug repellant!) and then you can get to the real fun of swimming, sunning and frolicking across the sandy hills.
Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to guests per site
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
No toilet
No pets
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers


Offered near the campground.

Off-roading (OHV)
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Assateague Island Backcountry Camping.

Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Tara
Tara H.
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September 28th, 2021

bring bug spray and water. Water is heavy. canoe in and walk about 1 mile to the Little Levels campsite. Otherwise, walk the 4.5 miles in soft sand.

Hipcamper Heather
Heather J.
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January 9th, 2019

If you want to camp on beach, make sure your car can handle the deep sand! They say don't pet the wild horses, but I've never had a horse freak out if I tried to pet them!

Hipcamper Chris
Chris D.
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July 20th, 2017

There's a lot of bugs that come out at night so keep that in mind

Hipcamper Sam
Sam L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 14th, 2017

If you want the beach completely to yourself, backpacking into Lower Levels or (to get out of the wind) the first bayside campsite is a fantastic experience in the winter. It's cold and windy, but if that doesn't scare you away, the horses are abundant, the stars are out, and you can find fox tracks among the dunes. A local brew from Burley Oak to end the trip just seals the deal.

Hipcamper Anthony
Anthony F.
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March 7th, 2017

You can choose to hike in or offroad.

Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua M.
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September 9th, 2015

Stayed over Memorial Day weekend 2015. First come first serve on campsites so found one available for two nights at the 'pine tree' campsite. My advice is check the weather and wind direction when going backcountry as these can effect the bug situation greatly. Lots of ticks at this location. Be prepared to get a solid leg workout if backpacking for a distance down the sand. Overall, if the conditions are right, it is an incredibly underestimated spot.

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Assateague Island National Seashore
United States
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38.072° N, 75.214° W
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Tent Only - Hike In: 1 Site
(Up to people per site)