Remember that Assateague Island is located in both Virginia and Maryland. To access the southern end of Assateague where the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is, you need to first go onto Chincoteague Island and then cross over the Assateague Channel onto Assateague Island. There are two visitor centers and the National Seashore and trails. Camping is off the southern end of the island on Chincoteague where there are motels and vacation rentals; camping is on the northern end where the Maryland state park is. Wild ponies are in both locations
wildponies and trails and beach and wildlife. Great bike trails.
STAY IS GREAT!!!!
DONT WORRY THE CHEMICAL TOILETS ARE VERY CLEAN
SUMMER MONTHS THE COLD SHOWER IS NOT FREEZING AND BELIVE IT OR NOT IT'S TOTALY REFRESHING.
WILD HORSES LOTS OF THEM
WAKE UP TO WAVES CRASHING AND 2 MINUTE WALK YOUR TOES ARE IN SAND!!AHHHHHHHHHHHH
You can camp in camping spots on the dunes and hear the ocean surf pounding the waves. Use only the spots provided by the park so you won't get in any trouble because certain parts of the dunes are protected. I camped here for a month back in the 80's and found a Spanish coin dated 1783 in very good condition, so you never know what may turn up, there have been many ship wrecks just off the coast. Not much shade if any so bring a tarp to put up for shade. The ponies roam free so make sure you DO NOT leave any food around, they will come into your site and cause damage, had a horse walk through our screened in porch for food and wreck the screen. This is a great place for backpackers!
We camped at Assateague Island National Seashore in April of 2002. The campgrounds are simple but the walk in sites are nicely arranged to create some privacy.
The first night it rained so hard we gave up the idea of cooking and drove to Ocean City MD for pizza. In the middle of the night, I had to remind myself that I was pretty sure that barrier islands don't flood in order to stop worrying about washing away and get some sleep.
The next morning it was pretty obvious that it is important only to camp where they tell you. Huge sections of the campgrounds were just big puddles. If you had put your tent outside of the tent sites, you may have woken to find yourself under 6 inches of water.
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