Assateague State Park

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Assateague State Park

Maryland

(410) 641-2120

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Things To Do

Overview

Maryland's only ocean park is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay. Two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The island's bayside offers canoeing and kayaking to secluded coves. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer and feral horses. Assateague was selected by National Geographic Travel magazine in 1994 as one of the 10 best state parks in the United States. This is a Maryland State Park. For full information go to the official webpage.

Assateague State Park is Maryland's only oceanfront park. The bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses.

Ocean City is approximately nine miles north of the park and can be seen from the island.

Pets are allowed in the marina area to board vessels. Pets are allowed with registered campers in camp loop J and adjoining beach. Pets are allowed in day use areas from October 1st through April 30th.

The historic town of Berlin is less than eight miles away. Quaint shops, an historic hotel, and small restaurants give visitors the chance to step back in time. Berlin was the filming location for two major motion pictures, Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting.

Map of Assateague (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 38.237833, -75.137939

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat launch facilities are on the mainland park acreage. Kayak rentals are available.

  • Bicycling

    The park has a few biking trails that wander throughout the park.

  • Camping

    Each campsite contains one picnic table, one parking space and one fire ring. Each camping loop has a bathhouse within it or within walking distance and has at least one dune crossover. There are 350 sites are available, each with a fire ring and picnic table.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in the boat launch area or from the ocean beach. Fishing at Assateague State Park can be done on the beach or at the marina. Surf fishing on the beach is allowed at the State Park as long as it is done outside of the lifeguarded areas. This policy is the same at the National Park. Bay fishing is allowed at the marina piers and from boats in the designated areas of the Bay. Clamming is allowed at the State Park and at the National Park in different areas of the bay. Fishing licenses are required in the Sinepuxent Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean. There are still restrictions and limits, so please refer to the Department of Natural Resources Fishing Guide.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available throughout the park in various locations.

  • RVing

    There are 350 campsites, each with one picnic table, one parking space and one fire ring. Each camping loop has a bathhouse within it or within walking distance and has at least one dune crossover. Electric hook-ups are available in the H-Loop only.

  • Water Sports

    A guarded swimming area is available daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rip currents are a common occurrence on Assateague Island. Be sure you know how to handle them before you swim.

Park Partners

Friends of Assateague State Park

The Friends of Assateague State Park(FOASP) was established in 2000, and has over 200 members. One third of members are Maryland residents - the rest are from out of state or Canada. Some members take advantage of the many opportunities to volunteer at Assateague State Park. Those opportunities (Camp Hosting, helping with Environmental Education, working on maintenance projects, etc.) are coordinated by the staff of the park.

Directions

Driving

The park is located at the end of Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611.) From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, head east on Route 50 towards Ocean City and turn right onto Route 611. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, take Route 13 north to Pocomoke City. Turn right onto Route 113 and head north toward Snow Hill. Stay on Route 113 to Berlin. Turn right onto Assateague Road (Route 376.) When it ends, turn right onto Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611.)

Phone Numbers

Primary

(410) 641-2120

Campground reservations

(888) 432-2267

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