The best camping near Assateague Island National Seashore

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Assateague Island adventure.

The best camping near Assateague Island National Seashore

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Assateague Island adventure.

Camping near Assateague Island National Seashore

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Assateague Island adventure.

Beach campers, outdoor adventurers, and wild horses all love this Atlantic island.  

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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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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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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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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 Salisbury, five minutes from the highways and thirty minutes from OC, we're at the end of a closed road and surrounded by five acres of mixed pines. This rustic woodland hideaway is a perfect blend of seclusion and convenience. Relax in a vintage Airstream stocked with the works, chill out in a custom tiny Teardrop, or safely overnight in a private spot with your own camper. Spend some time outside. Listen to songbirds sing and watch squirrels scurry. Explore our gently maintained trails traversing both forest and farmland. Keep an eye out for deer, foxes, bunnies and more while you're here. Both camper BandB's have comfy outdoor setups with plenty of room to relax. Grill dinner under the trees with stars peaking through and absolutely do not miss the brilliant sunrises and sets from the end of the driveway. Trust us, you won't regret the early rise! Everything you need from the world is still close. We're 2 miles from Rt.50 and 5 miles from the Rt. 13 exits. Salisbury Regional Airport is almost in our front yard. The corner store for gas, snacks, sandwiches, beer and wine is at the head of our road. Go to the grocery store or pharmacy in 5 minutes or the hospital in 15 minutes. Head downtown or over to SU in 10 minutes and be on campus at UMES in just 20 minutes. All the fun stuff isn't far either. Spending a day at the beaches is an easy 30 minute trip. See wild ponies up close at Assateague Island. Stroll the boardwalk in Ocean City, ride the ferris wheel and chow down on Thrashers fries (say yes to vinegar). Keep cruising and party on at Dewey. Drive a little more and wander around quaint Bethany or shop 'til you drop at the Rehoboth outlets. There's so much more to the beaches than just beach. Aside from the coast there are plenty of closer things to get into. Pick a local brewery, any brewery! Test your palate at a local winery or find legit farm to table produce at our farmstands - the kind where there isn't a label saying it's so because it literally just came from the ground. Play a round of golf at one of the pristine 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, seriously nothing compares to authentic Chesapeake Bay Crabcakes. You'll never be the same. The Eastern Shore is your oyster! Come stay at Loblolly Landing SBY while you experience all that it offers. We'd love to have you. ******************************** AIRPORT NEIGHBOR NOTE: The closed road out front is a primo place for plane spotting. Take camp chairs (just ask and we'll provide) along with some drinks down to enjoy the show! Regional air traffic is part of life here and doesn't spook the wildlife. Likewise, most people are not negatively impacted and find seeing the various planes exciting. However, if you are highly noise sensitive please take this into consideration before booking. ******************************** OTHER: There are security cameras outside throughout the outside grounds of Loblolly Landing for your protection and ours. Absolutely NO SMOKING or vaping in the campers or anywhere at all on the property. The closed road is a perfect place to take a stroll and a smoke should you so desire. Dogs considered, please message prior to booking with details for approval. ******************************** SERVICE DISCOUNT: We are thankful for those who serve others. Veterans, Military personnel, Law Enforcement, Firefighters/EMT's, Nurses and Teachers receive a 10% Discount on Airstream and Teardrop stays. Message us PRIOR to booking for a code to use at checkout.
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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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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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Bay Breeze Bungalow

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Horntown, VA
Small shore property connected to the wetlands and the bay behind Chincoteague and Assateague islands. About 20 minutes to the town of Chincoteague and about a half hour to the beaches of Assateague island and the wild ponies that live there. The property is in a small private community that has it's own private marina and dock along with a crabbing pier. Bring your small boat, kayak, paddleboard, crab traps, and fishing pole.
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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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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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Kindred Spirit Farm

1 site · RV, Tent50 acres · Salisbury, MD
Kindred Spirit Farm is a 50 acre working horse farm with 20 plus horses and a petting zoo that runs lessons, parties, camps, shows, etc. We have two riding Arenas for English and Western lessons and shows as well as trails. Our petting zoo animals: pigs, goats, chickens, sheep, and donkey love attention and treats from our field trips, birthday parties and visitors. We have several locations for camper parking and tents to enjoy the sounds of nature while being conveniently located near restaurants, night life, beach activities etc
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Stargazer Yurt Near Ocean City, MD

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Selbyville, DE
YURTS REOPEN MAY 2024!!!!! NEW BATHHOUSE UNDER CONTRUCTION!!!!! ABOUT: Cowtown Glamping Cabins provides an unfiltered connection with natural beauty here in coastal Delaware. Set upon a landscape of old west vibes and only 6 miles from the beach, you can spend a couple hours, a day, or a week at nearby beaches, explore multiple boardwalks, and state parks, see the wild ponies in Assateague, or enjoy tax-free shopping in Rehoboth Beach. You're experience here, will be set in a ranch-type sanctuary while creating unique glamping memories you’ll never forget. The Stargazer is one of two beautiful Lotus Belle yurts we have pitched here at our new glampground. With room for 2 guests, (children need to be over 12yo and above) there's an outdoor grill to prepare your favorite meal, a picnic table and a fire pit with two chairs are included. Inside the space is a comfy queen-sized bed with clean linens, a sitting area with books and major western-boho vibes. You'll be happy to know the campground has WIFI access so you can easily keep up with work and play along with being just minutes from popular beaches. Cowtown Cabins is centrally located and 6 miles from North Ocean City, MD and down the street from Mc Donald's, Starbucks, grocery stores and even a pharmacy nearby! Everything you could want will be at your fingertips. As our guest, you'll have access to the flushable portable potty and hot/ cold rinse station (like last year.) However, our brand new "saloon-themed" bathhouse, is due to be completed by July 2024. We will change this listing once its finished and ready for our guests but for now, plan on the portable potty and the hot/cold outdoor rinse area pictured. WHAT TO BRING: -Bring a cooler with your ice to keep drinks and food cold in the yurt. Ice is for sale less than a mile away at a gas station or grocery store. -There is parking available for 1 (one) car only. Please NO trailers attached or 2nd cars as parking is limited in peak season. -Bring bath towels and beach towels since we are just a few minutes away from amazing beaches! -Bring an extra fan in the summer (you won't regret this!) SITE ADD-ONS: Have these items delivered to your doorstep for an extra fee Bundle of hardwood for campfires- $15 8lbs of charcoal for the BBQ grill- $15 Cowtown Cabins T-shirts- $28 ONE HOUR RANCH EXPERIENCES Chores N' Tour- $10/ person (feed, water, learn about 20+ farm animals) Brush N' Bond- (horse grooming & basic safety) $40/ one person $25/ ea two people Canvas Painting- (painting farm animals under the oak tree) $25/ person, 2 person minimum Project Poo- $25/ person (animal pen caretaking and compost making) Horse Whispering- $80/ one person $65/ ea two people Surprise birthday set-up- Message Shelley to surprise your favorite person Engagement set-up- Message Shelley to surprise your favorite person Rent multiple units- Message Shelley Rent the entire western town for a western wedding- Message Shelley LOCATION: Cowtown is located in Selbyville, Delaware which sits near the border of Maryland and is very close to Ocean City, MD. The property has been a horse-rescuing ranch for over two decades and currently has a western glamping huts, a Garden Hideaway Tiny House, and a barndominium called the Swedish Cowboy all available to rent year-round. Cowtown Glamping Cabins will stay open for families, reunions, groups, organizations, retreats, and even the occasional western-themed wedding. The Stargazer Yurt includes: -Clear roof with 360 view of the sky and a sun curtain -One queen size bed with unique southwest décor -Inside solar string lights with remote -Electric multi-speed fan (bring an extra if you'd like) -Two zipped mesh windows with zipped canvas roll-down blinds -Two large zipped doorways - 100% waterproof canvas tent -129.2 square ft. of useable standing space -Fire pit with two chairs -Full size picnic table under a shade tree
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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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