Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island Visitor Services
Camping Regulations at Assateague
1. Camping is premitted only on the Maryland side of Assateague Island. If you are visiting the Virginia side, look to the commercial campgrounds there at Chincoteague Island.
2. Campers are required to possess a valid entrance pass. Golden Age / Access / Eagle, Annual or 7 day passes are to be displayed upon re-entering the park or if requested by authorized persons.
3. Visitors must register at the Ranger Station before setting up on camp site. Check-in time and check-out time is 12:00 noon. Renewal time is before 11:00AM.
4. Drive in campsites are limited to: six persons or immediate family, two camping units (only one of those capable of traveling under its own power), and two vehicles.
5. Walk-in campsites are limited to: six persons or immediate family, two tents per site and one vehicle.
6. Tents and other camping equipment must be placed within 20' of the grill in each designated campsite.
7. Fires are allowed only on the grills at the campsites. Ground fires are not allowed. Do not cut live wood for camp fires, use only that which is down already.
8. Do not move picnic tables from the original position.
9. Wheels of camping units and vehicles must remain on the pavement.
10. Do not hang or tie items on fenses or vegetation.
11. All food must be properly stored and kept away from wildlife. Store food in vehicles or secure coolers. Do not pet, feed, or approach the wildlife. Maintain a safe distance.
12. Pack out all trash. Do not throw trash into toilets since it causes damage to pumping equipment. Wastewater may only be discarded at dump stations.
13. Pets are prohibited at the State Park and north to the Ocean City Inlet, at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, at backcountry campsites, and on National Park nature trails.
14. Pets are permitted in some areas of the National Park campground in Maryland, but they must be kept on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet in length.
15. Quiet hours are 9PM to 7AM.
1. The park and/or backcountry campsites will be closed in the case of severe weather. Also, during the spring and summer, one or both oceanside sites may be closed due to bird nesting. Bayside sites will be closed during the hunting season.
2. Transportation of campers and their equipment by vehicles or motorized boats is prohibited.
3. All vehicles must be parked at the designated area. In Maryland, park at the North Beach Ranger Station (for hikers), Old Ferry Landing Parking Area or Bayside Picnic Area (for paddlers). In Virginia, ask the park staff at the Tom's Cove Visitor Center for parking information.
4. Camp within 50 feet of the fire rings at the bayside sites. Camp within the designated and posted areas at the oceanside sites. Camping is prohibited on the beach or dunes.
5. Only dead wood on the ground may be collected for firewood.
6. Fires are allowed only in designated fire rings at the bayside sites and are allowed on the beach below the high tide line at the oceanside sites. Do not burn trash. Fires should not be left unattended and should not be extinguished with sand.

6. No fresh water is available at backcountry sites. Minimum of one gallon per person per day is recommended.

7. Do not enter or approach any buildings or closed areas.
8. Hunting camps are not permitted.
Wild Ponies are unpredictable and have been known to kick and bite. Do not attempt to pet or feed any wildlife including the wild ponies.
Thunderstorms can arrive quickly during your summer vacation. Stay in vehicles rather than in your tent. Stay off the beach during lightning and thunderstorms.
Beach safety is important. Obtain surf and tidal condition reports from the Park Service lifeguards that are on duty. Swim with caution. Lifeguarded beaches are available.
Bring insect repellent and avoid biting insects. Avoid ticks by staying out of the brush.
Prevent overexposure to the sun. Use sunscreen at beaches and nature areas.
Stay away from poison ivy.








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