Worcester CountyMailing Address:Assateague State Park7307 Stephen Decatur Highway,Berlin, MD 21811Ranger Station & Campground Office:(GPS Address)Assateague State Park6915 Stephen Decatur Highway,Berlin, MD 21811
Campground Office/Ranger Station: 410-641-2918Headquarters Office: 410-641-2120
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.)
Public access to the beach and the day use parking lot is open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset, 7 days a week.
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
Assateague State Park is Maryland's only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. Its two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. 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.
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.
Major renovations of five bathhouses have been underway since early 2014. Buildings in Loops A, B, C, D, E and F are open to the public. Ongoing finishing touches and minor projects that may result in short-term temporary closures may be required. Park staff will post closure updates at each bathhouse in advance and these will not occur during busy morning or late afternoon/evening hours.
Site availability and camping reservations may be made online at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us or by calling Maryland Reservation Call Center at 1-888-432-2267.
We appreciate your patience throughout the process of this major renovation project. We are excited to share with you the many improvements included in these remodeled facilities.
Phase II renovation is expected to begin in the Fall of 2015 for bathhouses in Loops G, H, I and J.
Please continue to monitor the website for any changes to the schedule of this project.
Assateague State Park will delay camping reservations for the 2015 camping season until at least October 6th, 2014 due to the Dune Realignment Project scheduled for 2015.
We anticipate that most or all of Assateague State Park campsites will be available for reservation at the start of the 2015 season which begins in late April. However, the dune realignment project will include relocation of many of the camping loops and camp pads. This will result in the re-numbering of campsites and re-routing of campground roads.
The project is being undertaken in an effort to reduce future storm impacts, and will include relocating the southern portion of the dune approximately 115 feet to the west. The new alignment will continue northward and merge into the existing alignment between A and B loops. The project will also include installation of clay crossovers, fencing and dune grass plantings upon completion of the realignment. Affected campsites will be relocated to other parts of the campground with the total number of campsites remaining at 350. Once a final map is completed, a link will be made available to show the new numbering system and site locations.
The next update will be posted on October 6th, 2014, as we continue to monitor the progress of the project. At that time we anticipate being able to designate an opening date for inventory to be available for reservation for Assateague State Park 2015 camping season. Through our website posting, we will provide at least two weeks notice as to the date the inventory will become available. Customers will then be able to call or go online for reservations at this time.
We appreciate your patience as we undertake this significant project. Assateague Island is a dynamic system and as a barrier island, always on the move. The Maryland Park Service is working to protect the resources of the island while still providing the best access to the park for our visitors to enjoy. We look forward to having you visit us and see these improvements in 2015!
Many Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.
Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Assateague State Park.
Fishing at Assateague State Park can be done on the beach or at our 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. Beginning January 2011, fishing licenses are required in the Sinepuxent Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Please refer to DNR Licensing & Registration Service for details on fishing licenses and the Maryland saltwater angler registry.
If you want to fish the surf in the Day Use/Beach area, the standard parking charges apply – in-season, $4.00 per person for Maryland residents, $6.00 per person for non-residents. In the off-season, the cost is $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5 per vehicle for out-of-state, paid through a self-registration system. If you want to fish at the marina pier, the cost is $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5.00 per vehicle for out-of-state. If you wish to launch a boat, the service charge is $10.00 for in-state residents and $12 for out-of-state residents, and covers the cost of parking. Both charges are paid through a self-registration system.
Regulations vary according to the type of catch. Please refer to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing Guide for state regulations. The guide can be downloaded from this website.
The only fish cleaning station is at the marina; however, it is very basic and there is no running water. Please do not use the restrooms to clean fish.
Fun events for kids and adults are held annually at Assateague State Park. come see live animals, have a hoppin' good time, or join thousands to raise funds for important causes.
Maryland Park Service and Maryland Conservation Corps are offering School Group and Youth Group Programs at Assateague State Park for the Spring and Fall seasons. We welcome you and your group members to discover the unique ecology of a salt marsh and barrier island and the abundance of creatures that inhabit them.
Assateague State Park offers a wide variety of interpretive programs for visitors of all ages! Visit our Nature Center, located in the Assateague State Park campground between D and E loops. Come in and explore our displays and exhibits. Each year there is something new to see, learn about, and discover. Spend time getting a close-up look at our aquariums featuring many of the fascinating critters that inhabit the waters around Assateague such as horseshoe crabs, whelks, fish, and seahorses. Don’t forget to peek in on our terrestrial friends too, the corn snake and screech owl. There’s something for everyone, a must-see for our Assateague visitors!
Kids ages 7 to 15 are invited to get a taste of what it’s like being a part of the Assateague State Park Beach Patrol by training with the lifeguards! Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and get involved with many different components of lifeguarding, including lessons about beach and ocean ecology; basic surf rescue techniques; physical fitness challenges; and rescue equipment and how it is used.
Visitors to Assateague State Park have a new opportunity to learn about colonial life along Maryland's coast when they visit historic Rackliffe House. Rackliffe, overlooking Sinepuxent Bay, is a beautifully restored 18th-century coastal plantation house located at the end of Tom Patton Lane, just a half-mile hike from the Assateague Island Visitor Center.
The late Tom Patton, founding President of the Rackliffe House Trust, envisioned the House as a site for coastal heritage interpretation. The Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Assateague State Park, has raised more than $800,000 for the restoration of Rackliffe House and the archeological investigation of the surrounding property. The Trust is now operating the structure and surrounding three acres of property as a Coastal Maryland Heritage Center. The plantation house is reportedly the only one of its kind and vintage in the Mid-Atlantic region that is open to the public.
The vast majority of the funds raised have been used to complete the restoration of the notable coastal Maryland colonial residence and attached kitchen wing. The Trust is currently working to complete the restoration of the historic milk house, and funds are being raised to develop an interpretation and landscaping plan.
Rackliffe House will be open on Thursdays during the summer. Visitors may hike to Rackliffe House any day between dawn and dusk to view the House exterior and explore the grounds. Visitors are asked to park in the lot for the Assateague Island Visitor Center and walk to the House along Tom Patton Lane. New hiking trails are being created by Assateague State Park that will offer a more scenic path to Rackliffe House.
For more information about Rackliffe House, please visit www.RackliffeHouse.com.
Assateague State Park could not function without our dedicated volunteers, and we value them highly. To volunteer at the Park, the first option would be to contact the Friends of Assateague State Park (FOASP). The alternative is to contact Ranger Station or Headquarters staff, who will be able to direct you to the appropriate person.
Camp Host Applications are collected year-round. Camp Hosts camp in the park for one month, during which time they put in around 28 hours per week cleaning their camping loop, manning the Camper Contact booth, and generally helping out. If you would like more information, or an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Park’s Headquarters office at (410)641-2120 ext. 13.
Youth and School Groups are welcome to contact the office for volunteering or for ideas for service projects.
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