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How to Camp on the Shores of Assateague Island

How to Camp on the Shores of Assateague Island

by Arshpreet Multani | March 22, 2019

This beautiful region is known for its beaches and various trails along the marshland, dunes, and pine forest. Assateague is surely one of the greatest hidden gems of Maryland. This island is split into three parts, that consist of Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park, and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Find out if this beach destination is a match for you!

General Information

Assateague Island National Seashore is a 37 mile long island that is located just off the coast of Maryland and Virginia. Weekends in the summertime are crowded with people, as well as mosquitoes, flies, and ticks. If you want to avoid crowds, we recommend traveling to this destination during the off-season.

Recommended Campgrounds

  • Oceanside: This campsite contains 41 campsites, and this happens to be one of the busiest sites since visitors love camping by the beach. The sites here are also fairly large and have minimal shade.
  • Bayside: Try checking out this site if you prefer having more space, and less of a crowd. There are 49 sites here, and much like Oceanside, there is a good amount of space, but less shade.

Activities in Assateague

  • Pony swim: On the last Wednesday of every July, thousands of people unite to watch wild ponies be gathered and herded across the stretch of land that divides Assateague Island, and its sister island Chincoteague.
  • Canoeing + kayaking: Can be launched from various areas on Assateague, and no kayaking experience is necessary!
  • Horseback riding: Visitors are urged to view the famous wild horses in Assateague. The wildlife tour and kayaking are two ways that tourists are recommended to view the refuge and its wildlife.

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