Not So Urban Athletics: Camping in Assateague State Park

  • May 3, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Famous for the packs of wild ponies that roam the land, the lyrics from the classic U2 track will be on your mind this weekend as we camp in Maryland's Assateague Island State Park, the state's only ocean side park.

The Assateague barrier island is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay; its two miles of ocean beaches make this park popular for beach side camping, swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The island's bay side offers canoeing and kayaking in secluded coves and marsh areas with unbelievable wildlife viewing opportunities. The Assateague wild ponies are among the favorite inhabitants of the island, as well as, sika deer, and will walk right through our campsites.

The plan!

We'll meet Saturday afternoon at the campground, check in, and head to our campsite to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like until dinner that evening. Sunday we'll get up and make breakfast, break down our campsite, and can continue to explore what the campground has to offer.

What does it cost and how do I pay?

$17.00 per person

Cost is for ONE night of camping. Payment is via PayPal -- you don't need a PayPal account and can pay via credit/debit card.

Space is limited so until I receive your payment your RSVP is not confirmed and your attendance is not guaranteed. Once I have confirmation of receipt of your payment I will move you to confirmed RSVP status.

Refunds will be given only if the meetup is cancelled, rescheduled, or if requested 5 or more days in advance of the event.

To pay for your camping reservation, click HERE.

But what do we eat?

To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink.

We will be cooking dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday, and it will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share with a few other people. Simple to cook but interesting items are best.

What else do I need to know?

• When you RSVP, please comment if you have camping gear to bring (tent, sleeping bag, etc.).

I've reserved two campsites and three tents are allowed at each site. I'd suggest buddy-ing up to save hauling space/equipment costs. It doesn't matter to me if the accommodations are co-ed or gender segregated, everyone can decide what is most comfortable for them.

• Rental gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) is available at the Tents and Trails store in downtown NYC, Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Eastern Mountain Sports and at several REI stores in the NY/NJ area.

• If you are unsure what to pack, click HERE for a list. You won't need to bring everything on here, but it's a good start. If you are still unsure, please ask.

• The campground has flush restroom facilities, warm showers, clean water, and pay phones. We are not auditioning for Survivor here.

• Parking at each campsite is limited to 2 cars, the rest will need to park in the overflow lot a short distance away.

• Meetup will be cancelled only in the event of a zombie apocalypse or locust swarm of biblical proportions. Possibility of rain or any other precipitation and we still camp.

How to get there ... carpool!

Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD
GPS Coordinates
(Latitude, Longitude)
[masked], [masked]

We'll need to carpool to the campground. When you RSVP, please indicate if need a ride. Or if you plan to drive, where you are coming from and how many passengers you can take. We'll then figure out our carpooling options, please be proactive and contact a driver directly rather than just saying where you need a ride from. Gas and tolls should be picked up by the passengers, also a cup of coffee for the driver is a nice gesture.

This is event is cross-posted in The Chill Hiking and Camping meetup so be sure to check there when looking for a carpool.



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  • Gwen

    Fantastic! As always: good times, good people! Thanks Kevin!

    1 · May 6

  • carol

    It was GREAT!!!!!!! Specially the crabs! DELICIOUS! :) Thanks everyone!!!!!

    2 · May 5

  • Jane

    Should've rated this 1 star as I didn't see ponies frolicking on the beach and in the water as I envisioned......:-D

    Lots of fun! Only wished it lasted longer.

    2 · May 5

  • Art

    Great group of people on this camping trip!

    2 · May 4

  • stephen s.

    I had a great time, just a lovely weekend. Thanks everyone

    2 · May 4

  • Brian

    Wow, what a weekend. Another phenomenal camping trip!

    1 · May 4

  • Andrea

    Wonderful weekend. Thanks Kevin. A great time meeting everyone.

    1 · May 4

  • Art

    Where in the camp are we located? Looks like car access is gated. It it possible to drive up to unload at least?

    May 3

  • Art

    Yo Campers,
    If you're up for meeting for lunch at around noon, I have found a couple of spots. Should have plenty of time to eat and meet Kevin at 2pm.

    Lunch:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-glo...­

    Desert and coffee (5 stars - this place is a must):
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/baked-d...­

    I'm planning to hit Globe at noon. Just reply here (today/tomorrow) if you want to meet up at the globe.

    May 2

  • Dave

    Hey everyone. I have a van that can easily accommodate 6 people plus equipment. I live in Weehawken just 3 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel. It is right along the way coming from Manhattan onto the NJ Turnpike. There is plentiful street parking and if you like you can park at my house and we can all go together. Was also talking about going in early and tasting the local cuisine. Let me know if this works for anyone. Its a long ride and no need to take extra cars. Send me an email with your phone and we can sort out a plan. Cheers

    May 2

  • stephen s.

    i think i'm sorted for a ride. should i bring a propane grill?

    April 30

    • Kevin

      Not real need to bring a grill; on these trips we cook over a wood fire. The weather forecast is dry and mild so we shouldn't have a problem building a fire.

      May 1

  • Sherrilyn

    Hi guys! Does everyone have a ride? I'll be driving and have space for 3 people. I can pick up from upper east side.

    April 28

  • Dave

    I still have room for at least 3 more people. Email me your phone if you wanna come with.

    April 28

  • Dave

    Im only 15 mins from Port Authority in manhattan.

    April 24

  • Kevin

    People, don't forget to bring your long tent stakes. We'll be camping on sand; regular stakes won't hold and your tent will be flying down the beach with the first stiff breeze.

    April 27

  • Kevin

    Campers, is anyone having issues securing a carpool to this event? I see several people coming that I know have automobiles.

    April 24

  • stephen s.

    anyone picking up in manhattan?

    April 21

  • Kevin

    Folks, one spot just opened up for this trip. First person to send me the camping fee gets it.

    April 21

  • Niña M.

    Hey there's no wait list option but if an opening comes up. I want it. Oklahoma native born and raised and I love camping!

    April 20

    • Kevin

      Nina, this event is full at the moment, keep an eye out for notice if anyone drops out. My next camp out is a trip to the Adirondacks in July, I'll be opening that event for RSVPs in a few weeks, be sure to sign up quickly because these trips fill quickly.

      April 21

  • Lonnie

    Driving from Brooklyn, please email me if you need a ride. I am bringing a single and 4 person tent.

    April 13

    • Jane

      Bring the card game, Lonnie! Just in case ! :-D

      April 19

    • Lonnie

      Of course, I would not leave home without it. Rematch...

      1 · April 19

  • Dave

    Hi All,

    I have a van which seats 8 people. Might need to make it a few less to bring the gear but anyone interested in a ride can contact me. I also have some camping gear like a stove. I will most likely sleep in the van so I may have an extra tent in case anyone needs. Let me know. Cheers Dave

    Sorry if Im repeating myself. Kinda new!

    April 13

  • Dave

    Hi All,

    I have a van which seats 8 people. Might need to make it a few less to bring the gear but anyone interested in a ride can contact me. I also have some camping gear like a stove. I will most likely sleep in the van so I may have an extra tent in case anyone needs. Let me know. I live in Weehawken, NJ which is on the way and just 12 minutes from Port Authority Bus Terminal Cheers Dave

    April 13

  • Kevin

    The event is now full. I will reopen it if anyone drops out.

    April 6

  • Raza

    Darn, I'm doing the 5 boro too. Thanks Nigel. I didn't pay attention to the dates.

    March 20

  • Nigel

    Sorry 5boro bike tour is Sunday. But next time at the same place, hopefully.

    March 20

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