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Old 03-14-2016, 02:56 AM   #1
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Assateague Island

Has anyone been camping here? We are going the weekend of June 8 and staying at the state park right on the beach. My wife really wants to go to see the wild horses. I'm just happy to be beach bum for a few days! Anyways, figured I'd ask a few of the experienced campers out there for any tips or ideas.
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:29 AM   #2
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I want to plan a trip there - my daughter (5yo) is a horse lover... I've heard it is hard to find a site when they do the swim (waiting lists for years), but other times aren't as hard. I've seen pics people have posted (not on here) where the ponies come right up to the campers. Are you getting a site with electric?
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:52 AM   #3
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We have camped at Assateague state park, which is on the Maryland side, in H loop the only electric loop in the park. Our site was right by the dune, beach just a few steps away. You can book up to a year in advance at 8AM in the morning and that loop stays pretty much booked. The other loops are more accessible to booking as they are not electric. Plenty of firewood vendors nearby. Ocean City and its attractions are nearby. Horses were there but a non issue for us. Eat crabs when there and support the local crabman economy. The Assateague National seashore park is also there but no electric sites.

The pony swim in July is on Chincoteague Island in Va. There are several campgrounds on the island but all are private. The wildlife refuge is on there on the Virginia side of Assateague island, you just cross a bridge from Chincoteague to get there. Nice visitors center, beaches, variuos widlife and horses there as well.
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We have been going yearly since about 2010. Bring lots of DEET and Thermacells. Secure your coolers in your vehicles. Do not leave food unattended. Do not get within 10 feet of the horses.

If the weather has been dry for the preceding two weeks before arrival, skeeters should not be too bad. Otherwise, be mindful that skeeters can be a problem in bayside breezes, overcast skies and nighttime; so, spray yourself with DEET and/or carry a Thermacell.

Make sure the screen door is closed promptly. Bring tiki torches and citronella candles. Smoke from campfires ward off the skeeters, too.

That said, by being prepared, we have enjoyed our visits.

We stayed once at the state park and the rest at the national park. I hear that the comfort stations have been renovated at the state park. At the NP, there are crabbing, clamming and paddling programs run by the rangers; so, take a look at the schedule.

En route to Chincoteague is a NASA visitors center at Wallops Island. Check the event schedule.

We are going during the first week in August.

Have fun!
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We hit the National Park beach while we camped at Castaways, right down the road. The ponies were pretty cool; they are not hard to find. A band of them ransacked our beach area looking for food. They just go from group to group looking for stuff to get into. I have a great picture of one of them w/ my daughter's sun hat in its mouth.

Word to the wise; keep your stuff in a cooler and packed in such a way that you can take your edibles and split when they come foraging for food. Keep your head on a swivel; its easy to get carried away staring at the water, or your kids, or whatever and not notice they showed up and are helping themselves.
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We are staying on the I loop at the state park, no electric like crabman said which is a bummer but it was about the only site available, plus we are bringing our dog's so the I loop is pet friendly. We are pretty excited to see the ponies out there, actually we own a few horses (the wife used to barrel race) so she and our daughter are extra excited to see the wild ponies.

Thanks for the info sebring96hbg. We will have the thermacell's running nonstop. Although if we are in an area with mosquito's without fail, they will attack my wife and mostly leave me alone. No clue why, but I'm kinda happy with that arrangement!

We will most definitely be supporting the local crabmen, I can't wait. Like you Gone campin, we want to watch the horses swim, but those are apparently booked years out, so June it is. Thanks for the quick replies, I'm going to search the national park schedule for some ideas. We last lived near Destin, FL so it will be nice to back on the beach again.
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Assateague state park is a great place to camp. I used to go tent camping there a few years back. If you stay between the campsites and the beach then the mosquitoes aren't bad. they can get bad on the walking trails on the bay side of the island. the wild ponies and deer will raid any food you leave out, but they never messed with our tents or vehicles. we used to go to a camp store on 611 just a few miles north of the bridge to assateague (you would pass it if you were headed to ocean city) their prices are a lot better than the camp store on the island and they have a lot of camping essentials, souvenirs and some groceries. enjoy your trip and don't forget a dust pan and brush for the sand that will inevitably find its way into your trailer.
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Assateague state park is a great place to camp. I used to go tent camping there a few years back. If you stay between the campsites and the beach then the mosquitoes aren't bad. they can get bad on the walking trails on the bay side of the island. the wild ponies and deer will raid any food you leave out, but they never messed with our tents or vehicles. we used to go to a camp store on 611 just a few miles north of the bridge to assateague (you would pass it if you were headed to ocean city) their prices are a lot better than the camp store on the island and they have a lot of camping essentials, souvenirs and some groceries. enjoy your trip and don't forget a dust pan and brush for the sand that will inevitably find its way into your trailer.

Thanks will check out the camping store. I also plan on bringing lots of mosquito repellant!
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Assateague State Park is one of our favorite destinations! You just have to learn to camp without hook-ups. I have a 40 gallon "bladder" that I can haul water to the trailer with, we try to shower at the loop's bathhouse, and we can usually get the black-tank to go a full week without having to dump.
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Assateague State Park is one of our favorite destinations! You just have to learn to camp without hook-ups. I have a 40 gallon "bladder" that I can haul water to the trailer with, we try to shower at the loop's bathhouse, and we can usually get the black-tank to go a full week without having to dump.
I could manage OK without electric, but the DW has to have her AC when its anywhere close to hot. And if mama aint happy.....
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