5 Best Beach Campgrounds on East Coast for Sportsmen

by Jack T. Wilder

Camping and spending time outdoors are all the rage this year due to the Covid-19 virus and being able to go somewhere that has a few sporting opportunities doesn’t hurt either. The family that fishes and hunts together is the family that stays together. Here are five great campgrounds on the East Coast where you can also have a great time in the pursuit of wild fish & game.

#5 Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The good news is you’re in one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast and you’ve got nothing but pristine ocean around and places to swim, kayak and fish all easily within reach. In the fall you can hunt ducks in the nearby WMA’s or with a guide. The bad news is there are no shade trees, weather can be temperamental and the mosquitoes are from hell. But if you come prepared with some serious netting on your tent and are prepared to fight it out with the bugs at night, the sporting possibilities are hard to beat here. Oregon Inlet nearby has a marina with boats to take you into the gulf stream for tuna or marlin. Or fish the sound for spot and flounder. Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds within the park. All of the campgrounds have tent, trailer, and motor home sites. Cape Hatteras Campground

#4 Montauk, New York

Hither Hills State Park & Campground is the place to be during the summer while on the East Coast. It has easy access to the beach and great services. The reservation system is simple to use and tent and RV spaces are flat and modern. Overall this campground is in excellent shape and perfect for a family weekend outing. But I prefer to come here during the spring and fall during the off-season to take advantage of the great striped bass fishing off the lighthouse point nearby. We have caught monster stripers and gator blues here right off the surf then brought em back to the campground and grilled them up. Good times. Hither Hills Campground

#3 Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

A truck, some surf rods, a cooler of beer, some bait. That’s all you need on the 37 miles of protected beach on the Eastern shore of Maryland. Assateague Island National Seashore offers two classic oceanside camping areas: Little Levels and State Line. Camp right in the sand and spend a night catching giant striped bass right from shore. But watch out for the wild ponies which roam the island. There’s also good deer, duck and goose hunting nearby with any of the available guides. Assateague Island State Park

#2 Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

On the long and beautiful road to Key West, turn off at mile marker 36.8 to find Bahia Honda Island. The entire island is a state park and one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Bahia Honda is a paradise for boaters, fisherman and nature lovers. There are many guides who can put you on a fish of a lifetime here. The island has beautiful white sandy beaches with over 80 campsites to choose from to keep you happy. If you can’t bring your own watercraft, you can rent canoes, kayaks and snorkeling equipment at the park. Does it get any better? Bahia Honda State Park

#1 Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina

In the center of the East Coast Low-Country, roughly half way between the cities of Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, is the secluded but hospitable Hunting Island State Park. Camping at the park is at the north end of the island. There are special tent sites as well as water and electric sites for RVs. There is a lot to do at Hunting Island for you and your family if you love to fish. Try your luck and shore fish right on the Atlantic ocean or the nearby Johnson Creek marsh for spottails or even crabbing off the 1,100-foot pier that extends out into Fripp Inlet. The park rents rods and reels and will sell you bait too and gladly tell you where to go. The park has over eight miles of biking trails through the ocean forest. Hunting Island Lighthouse will be your beacon for a good time. Bring a couple small rods, some flounder jigs and have at it. Hunting Island State Park

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