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The best camping near Assateague Island National Seashore

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Strawberry Crossroads

57 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents46 acres · Pittsville, MD
Private retreat while still having access to hot showers and flushable toilets. . Stocked Catch and Release Fishing Lake. Volleyball, Basketball Court, and Wooded Trail. Primitive camp sites, Rv electrical hookups, to mini cabins there is a level to accommodate. All while only being 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
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Lot in coastal campground

1 site · RV1 acre · New Church, VA
BRING YOUR OWN CAMPER! 40x90 lot in Trails End Campground with carport, shed, and deck. 30 Amp electric. No septic on site but walking distance to dump station.
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Historic Blueberry Lane Farm!

5 sites · RVs, Tents36 acres · Frankford, DE
Pitch your tent or park your RV on our historic 36-acre blueberry farm. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, and fire pits are located on lots. We  are a newly renovated farm that has an almost 60-year history. Very close to Delaware and Ocean City Beaches!  Our property is also  monitored by security cameras.Once owned by Tom Ryan and part of the 100+ acres of Ryan's Berry Farm, Kingsley Orchards now owns the middle 36 acres and market building of the historic farm. It was purchased at Sheriff Sale by Tony Morgan in June 2016 and 10+ months of extreme labor and renovation were required to bring the very neglected farm back to life.  Efforts paid off and the farm and market opened in June 2017 with a beautiful crop of blueberries and many multi-generational customers coming back with their children. The best outcome has been the opportunity to share growing food with children and helping them learn a love for outdoors and farming. Many of the customers remember their own grandparents bringing them to the farm! We had customers from age 1 to 89 picking blueberries. Meghan was able to retire from her state job in August to devote her full time and attention to the farm and family. Special accommodations and transportation options are  available to all customers! We also offer  a climate controlled restored marketplace for parties, events and several campsites on our farm.
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Swedish Cowboy Barndominum

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Selbyville, DE
Kick off your boots in this 2br barndominium inside a real horse stable! Loaded with a jacuzzi, an arcade and set in the heart of a coastal Delaware ranch, this home is sure to please your cowboy within! Only 6 miles from Ocean City, MD and Fenwick Island, DE beaches, you'll be able to explore the many boardwalks, wildlife refuges, hiking and boking or shopping at the tax-free outlets in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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Why Not Acres

12 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents17 acres · Frankford, DE
HORSES WELCOME!  Why not run your horse on the beach, then come to our campsites to relax for the rest of your day.  There is a fenced pasture positioned next to the sites so you can see your faithful friend enjoying some grass or hay.  We have a new Zinger 29' trailer set up with a bunk room and another bedroom, full kitchen and bathroom.  It can easily sleep six people.  If you have your own RV, we have a full hook up at the same area.  The pasture where your horse stays will also have hay, water and shelter with a run-in.  This is a sanctuary for our animals.  We have nine animals here, four horses (some minnies) and five donkeys (some minnies).  By staying here, you will be helping us to support our animals.  We are in Frankford, De which is close to all the beaches and parks.  There are many shopping adventures awaiting you, either outlets or upcycle stores.  If you just want to relax, there is a small pond out back stocked with bass and turtles.  We have 17+ acres but we only use the front five acres and leave the rest for the deer, foxes, eagles, hawks and whatever else shows up.  We believe this is Heaven on earth and would love to share it will you.  So please come, stay at our farm and relax.  We are here year round.
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Mom's Place

3 sites · RVs28 acres · Pittsville, MD
There are 3 secluded sites nestled on 28 plus acres of woodland and surrounded by farmland. Property is close to the resort areas of Assateague Island, Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill and Salisbury. There are goats, pigs and chickens that roam the property. Feel free to ask of for suggestions of our favorite places to visit and local restaurants. Whether you are coming to visit our beach towns, hunt our public lands or visit family in the area, we would love to meet you!
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Pony Pines Farm

2 sites · Tents37 acres · Temperanceville, VA
Learn more about this land:Over 20 acres in woods with lightly wooded meadow and densely wooded areas to chose from Trails are cleared for horseback riding but camping areas are not accessible by car and have to be hiked in to
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Loblolly Landing SBY

3 sites · Lodging, RVs5 acres · Salisbury, MD
Just outside of town, tucked away at the end of a closed road and surrounded by 5 acres of towering pines, this woodland hideaway is a perfect blend of seclusion and convenience. Relax in a vintage Airstream stocked with the works, chill out in a custom little Teardrop or bring your own small camper to a private site. No matter how you stay, come here and disconnect from the world. Listen to songbirds sing and watch squirrels scurry through branches at one of the three camp areas, each with outdoor seating and plenty of room to relax. Explore gently maintained walking trails traversing both the forest and farmland. Enjoy dinner under the canopy of trees with stars peaking through. And do not miss the brilliant sunrises and sunsets! Everything you need is close by. Salisbury Regional Airport is right around the corner (we'll happily pick up/drop off). A local corner store for gas, snacks, sandwiches, beer and wine, is at the head of the road. Be at a grocery store or pharmacy in 5 minutes and at the hospital in 15 minutes. Head downtown or over to SU in 10 minutes and get on campus at UMES in just 20 minutes. All the fun stuff isn't far either. Spending a day at the beach is an easy 30 minute trip. There you can stroll the boardwalk in Ocean City or see wild ponies at Assateague Island. Cruise down the coast a little further and party on at Dewey Beach, enjoy the quaint town of Bethany or shop 'til you drop in Rehoboth. Visit a plethora of local breweries, wineries and farmstands around the Shore. Play a round of golf at one of the many pristine coastal courses. Take a ferry ride to Smith Island for a piece of their to-die-for cakes or have the best seafood of your life in Crisfield - nothing compares to authentic Chesapeake Bay Crabcakes! And that's all just a start, you could easily spend months exploring the many places and things to do on Delmarva. ******************************** AIRPORT NEIGHBOR NOTE: The closed road out front is a perfect place for plane spotting. Feel free to take camp chairs and drinks down to enjoy the show! Air traffic is part of life here and doesn't spook the wildlife. Likewise, most people are not negatively impacted and find the various airplanes exciting. However, if you are highly noise sensitive please take this into consideration before booking. ******************************** SERVICE DISCOUNT: We are thankful for those who serve others. Veterans, Military personnel, Law Enforcement, Volunteer Firefighters/EMT's and Teachers receive a 10% Discount. Please message us PRIOR to booking for the Code to use at checkout.
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Arlington Farms

10 sites · RVs75 acres · Whitehaven, MD
Family farm. River front. Multiple ponds on the property. Marsh area, wooded area and open areas. Plenty of fishing spots available. Also great spots for kayaking or paddle boarding. Quiet and private. Under an hour drive to many Eastern Shore attractions and beaches including Chincoteague, Crisfield and Ocean City.
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Great spot for boondocking

1 site · RV3 acres · Laurel, DE
Learn more about this land:We offer power, water and great internet. You have access to our fire pit, we have firewood as well and a picnic table. We are very close to Trap pond state park with 5 miles of trails for hiking and biking. It is very quiet here. You will hear the birds every morning and see the horses as well.
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Shine & Rise Magic Food Forest

2 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Painter, VA
Our farm started as a soy field and has exploded into a biodiverse forest of fruits, nuts, vegetables, animals, mushrooms, and more. The land is designed to mimic the strengths of a natural ecosystem so we plant to replicate the forest edge... except everything is edible. Think Willy Wonka's factory but with plants:)
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Emily's place

1 site · Tent1 acre · Millsboro, DE
Shady quiet spot for tent campers, 13 miles to Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Delaware. Campfires, we are looking to make friends. Go to the beach or stay here and relax. Outlet shopping grocery stores are close by. Very close to the Indian River 1.5 miles boating, fishing, and crabbing. LGBTQ+friendly
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The best camping near Assateague Island National Seashore guide

Overview

About

Coastal wilderness doesn’t get wilder than this cross-state barrier island, where seabirds swoop over salt marshes and herds of wild horses roam across maritime forests. More than 37 miles of sandy beaches stretch along both the Atlantic oceanside shore and the bayside, so once you’ve cooled off with a swim, you can spend your time surf fishing, crabbing, and hiking or biking along miles of coastal trails. To explore further, bring a kayak or canoe to paddle the shoreline, saddle up for a horseback ride, or take a drive in your OSV (over-sand vehicle). Camping is equally adventurous—you can even pitch your tent right on the sand.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for tent campers: Oceanside Walk-in Campground has tent-only sites with picnic tables and fire rings a short walk from the parking areas. 
  • Best for RVs: Bayside Campground has drive-in sites for tents, trailers, and RVs. There are no hookups, but generators are permitted in all but one zone of the camp. 
  • Best for backcountry campers: State Line Campsite offers backcountry tent camping right on the beach. A chemical toilet is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own drinking water.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve the park’s campsites in advance via the Recreation.gov website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open six months in advance, and same-day bookings are possible. 
  3. Reservations are required for all sites from March 15 through November 15. Outside of this period, drive-in sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  4. Campsites can book up the day they become available for summer and holiday weekends, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. 

When to go

Summertime is the best time for swimming and water activities at the Assateague Island National Seashore, and beaches are patrolled from late May through early September. Birding is popular year-round, with shorebirds migrating to the marshes in summer and waterfowl sightings most notable in fall. The main camping season runs from mid-March through mid-November, and walk-in sites are closed outside of this period. 

Know before you go

  • There are two entry points to Assateague Island National Seashore. In Maryland, access to the park is via Route 611, eight miles south of Ocean City. In Virginia, access is via Route 175, two miles east of Chincoteague. It is not possible to drive between the Virginia and Maryland sides while on the island.
  • A per-vehicle fee is charged to enter the seashore; it is free to enter on foot or by bike. OSV permits and saltwater fishing licences are required. 
  • Island facilities include two visitor centers, seasonal kayak and canoe rentals, a beach store, picnic areas, patrolled swimming beaches, and restrooms. 
  • Assateague has free-roaming herds of wild horses, and visitors are advised to keep a distance for their own safety—these are feral animals that may kick or bite. 
  • There are accessible campsites, nature trails, restrooms, and beaches at Assateague Island. Beach wheelchairs are available at patrolled beaches.

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