Bayside Campground

Assateague Island National Seashore

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Bayside Drive
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-3030
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GPS: 38.2079, -75.1619

Last Price Paid: $12
Number of Sites: 50
Pad Type: asphalt
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 3 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 3G
5bars
AT&T 4G
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Robin
MD
32 Airstream Excella 1000
2012 GMC Sierra Denali 3500
5 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: C43

Robin would stay here again

“Sun, Surf and Horses”

Reviewed Aug 12, 2015

Overall Rating

This was our first visit to the Assateague Island National Park. It's at the far end of Maryland's piece of the island. We arrived on Sunday about 12:30ish and had to wait in line about 10-15 minutes to get through the pay booth. Note - camping fees do not include entrance to the National park which is $20 per car if you don't have a Senior Pass. Backups of 3 miles can be experienced on seasonal weekends according to posted signs. Once past the booth, campers must turn right into the Ranger Station to check in. The check-in process took about 10 minutes. You get a map and hang-tag that includes the camping rules and other information on the back. Our spot was a pull-through with fairly large mowed area on the door side with room for a tent or two, picnic table and fire-circle. Our 32' Excella plus TV fit within the paved area. Bushes on each end helped obscure our neighbors to the side and back. The was no shade, no hookups, and quiet time is 10pm - 6am.

Our site was walking distance to the bayside beach area which included picnic tables under some trees, small beach and shallow water that would be perfect for those with small children. There is a parking lot for beach chair/picnic drop off. There are kayak, paddle board, and canoe rentals and a small shop. The oceanside beach was not close enough to walk to for us, but would be accessible via bicycle. We dropped off our younger guests at the Ocean beach where there was a boardwalk to the beach, a small store, and several rest-room buildings. The beach is unguarded.

Nightly Rate: During the week is usually $25.00 a night but my husband has an Interagency Senior Pass so we only had to pay half.

Favorite things: The water access, beautiful sunsets, wildlife, semi-private, large campsites, walking distance to bayside beach. The view of the stars at night. Access to Ocean City, MD. Food stores, produce stands and restaurants are nearby.

Negatives:
This campground is home to small roaming horses. They poop wherever they feel for it. In the street, in the grass next to your campsite, etc. Our campsite was one of their favorites as it was next to some high grass. At all times, day and night one or more would mosey through eating, congregating, etc. They generally leave the humans and their mobile domiciles alone as long as food isn't left out. Of course, where there are horses, there are flies and they are particularly irritating during the day, especially when eating. Many campers had put up screen tents in addition to their camper or sleeping tent. The mosquitoes were not a problem as long as we had citronella candles going.

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3bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
269 reviews
Nightly rate: $29
Days stayed: 3

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“Wild horses, water fowl and a pristine beach.”

Reviewed Oct 15, 2014

Overall Rating

Aside from the whole "there are wild horses roaming around here to see" aspect, Assateague has three very short hikes, all set in completely different environments: one along the beach dunes, one through a lush forest, and another via boardwalk over a marsh. The horses are off in the distance, or appear suddenly around some bend regularly. Egrets and geese and waterfowl are abundant.

If you can get it, you'll almost definitely prefer the Ocean side campground to the Bay, but the bay itself is also beautiful and there's a beach right there.

Also, though the toilets are primitive long drop style outhouses, they were particularly clean for a state park.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
5bars
AT&T 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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A Feral Freedom to be Wild on Wand'rly

A Feral Freedom to be Wild 10/4/14 10:33 pmI’ve been lead to believe that once an animal has ever been tamed, neither it nor its descendants can ever be considered truly wild again. They are...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • recycle
  • restrooms: vault
  • showers
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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