For beach and wildlife lovers, this place is paradise. RV sites have paved pads, and a separate area is reserved for tents only. Another area prohibits the use of generators making it ideal for pop-ups and tents. There is no shade in either the Ocean Front or Bay Front camping areas, so being prepared will make your stay more enjoyable. Facilities are limited to Chemical Toilets and Cold Showers. I used my solar water bag and had a nice warm shower. Canoes are rented during the summer months and there are many possibilities for exploring along various interpretive trails throughout the park.
The most redeeming feature of this park is the wildlife. Two species of deer wander throughout the park. We found a family of three napping in our campsite when we returned from a day walk. They stayed with us for a couple hours. Birds are numerous with a variety of species. The wild Ponies are the highlight. It is illegal to approach or feed any of the wildlife, but a little distance is a good thing when seeing wild horses!
Because of the wildlife, ticks can be a problem here. Again, being prepared can make the difference. Good bug juice is required for people and pets.
Ocean City and the famous boardwalk is only a few minutes’ drive north from the park.
We agree that this is a great National Park campground. We were there in May, 2008, and they were just completing a complete remodeling of most of the bathrooms and showers – still chemical toilets (nice ones though, not porti-potties) and cold showers, but top shelf all the way. The National Park Campground accepts pets, but the adjacent State Park does not. Make sure you have a shovel with you – the ponies leave their piles all over, and you might have to clean your site a bit ….. No hookups of any kind.