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Assateague State Park


7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD 21811
410.641.2120
No Email Address
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/assateague.html
7 Reviews
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This is a unique state park with wild ponies and sika deer living on the island. There is horse poop, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, high grass, stickers, and sand spurs. But you are in preserved natural surroundings with clean hot showers, sand dunes, beaches, nature centers, and a resort town 15 minutes away. Reservations are hard to get for the weekends from Spring to Fall. If you get the chance, I highly recommend this park at least once for the experience. But most people fall in love with the island and keep coming back year after year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.

Received from Karen for visit in Aug 2011


Site Number: G-1
Stay Again? YES
We love Assateague and have been camping here for over 10 years. The only unfortunate thing is, they only have one loop with electric. You must reserve a year in advance to be able to get in this loop. I have been trying unsuccessfully for over 2 weeks to get a reservation for 2012. Would be nice if the State would add more electric sites.

Received from Debbie for visit in Jul 2011


Site Number: 15
Stay Again? YES
Great location. Plan for mosquitoes but as long as the breeze is off the ocean and you have a site close to the ocean it will be fine. Breeze from inland = bugs. Have an alternate plan for the day:)

Received from Mary for visit in Aug 2009


Site Number: C
Stay Again? YES
This campground, located on the ocean in the land of wild ponies, is outstanding. It's filled with wildlife, in both the ocean and on land, affords campers the benefit of a virtually private, beautiful and pristine ocean beach, offers planned (ranger-naturalist-type) activities in season, has very clean/modern rest room and shower facilities, and is within easy (15-20 minutes) reach of Ocean City's abundant nightlife. Operated by the State, this campground is next to the national park campground (Assateague Island National Seashore); the latter, however, is far more rustic -- it has no flush toilets, only cold showers, and a greater degree of insect (mosquito and fly) infestation (the Feds apparently don't spray). For these reasons, our family prefers this "more civilized" state campground. Book early, though: the campground fills up fast in season, especially on weekends.

Received from Larry for visit in Jun 2004


Site Number: B-21
Stay Again? YES
Campground is like camping in a parking lot. Everyone is sandwiched in together with no privacy or feeling of nature. Moved to National Park next door the second night. Walk in site yards from parking, on a bed of soft sand, secluded by bayberry bushes just over dune from ocean. Much much better. Would go back to National Park, not State Park.

Received from Don R for visit in Apr 2000


Site Number:None
Stay Again? NO
This is the only CG I have been to where you camp 100 yards from the beach. Lots of wildlife, right at your door (literally on my awning mat most mornings) and only a 15 minute drive to Ocean City MD with many good resturants and the boardwalk for the kids. At the CG you have a small playground, a small campstore, decent bath houses, and the main attraction of course, the beach and ocean. Bugs can be a problem in the mid summer because the sites are literally between the ocean and a swamp, but very beautiful and near many activities. I very unique place that I would highly recomend. One thing is most sites are primative, so reserve early if you want water and electric!

Received from Jim M for visit in Dec 2004


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is one of the only state parks on the east coast where you can camp on the beach (behind the dunes). Assateague is world renowned for its wild ponies, sitka deer and variety of avian life. With the exception of one loop, this park does not offer water and electric. Something to consider since you are camping under the blazing sun (don't forget to bring your own shade). I strongly reccommend Popup Gizmos when camping here. We stayed here in June and absolutely loved it. The weather was exceptional and the mosquitos were not yet out in full force. We were lulled to sleep every night with the crash of waves just beyond the dunes. From a cleanliness perspective, the park is very clean with one MAJOR exception - horse dung. It's everywhere and the camp hosts do their best to keep it clean, but just be aware and WATCH YOUR STEP. Speaking of horses, the wild ponies are everywhere. They are also very friendly and very hungry, so be careful with where you store you food. If you stay in the F loop you will have plenty of dunes and flora between you and the other campers. All of the other sites are flat with nothing between you and your neighbor. The facilities and sites are well maintained (as are most Maryland State Parks). This is, by far, our favorite destination. The beaches are very clean, but are left in their natural state, so you are at the mercy of mother nature. What this means is that the waters edge is sand mixed with crushed shells and fine gravel. No danger, but a bit different if you are used to pure sand with a nice gentle slope (as is the case with most beaches).

Received from S F for visit in Jun 2004


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES



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