The famous wild horses of Assateague Island can be seen in their natural habitat a few miles south of Ocean City, Maryland. The horses can be elusive or can be seen roaming the parking lots and beach areas. A large campground on Assateague is about eight miles south of Ocean City and offers swimming, surfing, and fishing on the ocean side, and canoeing and kayaking on the bay side. There are many marshlands in the area, as well.
Also near Ocean City is a theme park, which offers a Wild West theme and a water park along with a huge campground. Various camping options are available including primitive sites, RV sites with electric, water and sewage, and sites with just water and electric. Some cabins are also available, and there are campsites on the bay.
Other campgrounds are also available near Ocean City, home to unusually lively waves compared to others on the Atlantic Seaboard. Ocean City also has an extensive boardwalk with several amusement and water park areas, as well as the shops and food concessions typical of a boardwalk.
Visiting Washington, DC, doesn't mean you must find expensive lodging in a hotel or motel. There are campgrounds outside the city which have close access to the DC Metro Subway. The Metro stations have parking lots where cars can be parked for the day, and the trip into the city takes only minutes on the Metro.
The largest man-made lake in Maryland is at Deep Creek State Park. In addition, there are many private campgrounds in the Deep Creek Lake area, which offer swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.
The extensive shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay offers many locations for camping adventures. The Chesapeake Bay area is known for its blue crabs, which makes crabbing and fishing favorite pastimes. Not so well known are the Calvert Cliffs where three areas of Miocene Age geological formations exist. Most of this land is privately owned, making the search for fossils carefully regulated. Children especially enjoy hunting for the shark's teeth fossils, which can be found in the sand during low tide. There are camping locations as well as Calvert Cliff State Park, in the area of St. Leonard and Solomons.
A camping location that offers local history and myth is at Point Lookout State Park, south of the Solomons Island Bridge. On the site of a Civil War prison where thousands of Confederate soldiers were imprisoned, the park has campsites and cabins, as well as hunting, fishing, swimming, and hiking activities. There is even a haunted lighthouse at the park to stir the imagination of children young and old.
Campgrounds also exist in Janes Island State Park on the Chesapeake Bay. The park is actually located on the Bay side of this southeastern portion of Maryland and a ferry is available to take passengers to Smith Island where about 300 inhabitants live year-round. These residents are descendants of the earliest Europeans who settled in the area, following the original Native Americans who lived in the area 10,000 years ago. Janes Island State Park is part of the Beach to Bay Indian Trail.
Maryland offers camping experiences which run the gamut from primitive to commercial, from inland forests and lakes to saltwater marshes and beaches.