The East Coast of the United States has many national parks lining the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors hoping to camp can set up a tent for under $25 per night and still be walking distance from the ocean, forests and wildlife. With so many parks to choose from, several stand out because of the special opportunities and attractions they offer and the sheer size that they cover.
Acadia National Park in Maine features the tallest mountain on the East Coast to go along with many different animal species roaming the park, beautiful scenery and excellent camping opportunities. Climb to the top of the mountains and look out to the beautiful oceans and islands in the distance. Campers can also choose to go biking, boating or climbing. Acadia offers two main campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall, both within 10 minutes of the ocean. Seawall is open from May to September and tent sites cost $14 per night. Blackwoods has limited campsites open year-round with more open during peak seasons. Depending on the season, campsites range in cost from free to $20. Camp at Duck Harbor Campground for a primitive camping experience. The campground is located on Isla au Haut and requires a $25 special-use permit that you can get with a prior reservation by calling the park.
Acadia National Park Mount Desert Island Maine nps.gov
Assateague Island National Seashore is located on the border of Maryland and Virginia. Visitors can camp on the beach, just feet from the ocean and then go hiking through forests and walk past wild horses. Assateague represents one of the few places in the United States where one can view wild horses. However, people should only observe them grazing from a distance and should not pet or feed them.
Both oceanside and bayside campsites are available along with backcountry permits for camping. Campsites are available for $20 per night during peak season from April to October and $16 per night during the off season. Campsites include chemical toilets, drinking water and cold water showers.
Assateague Island National Seashore Assateague Island Off the coast of Maryland and Virginia nps.gov
Everglades National Park features wild and endangered animals and is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park "has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance," according to the park's website. This enormous wetland in the southern part of Florida is also the third largest national park in the continental United States. Go hiking and canoeing in Everglades National Park. Visitors can enjoy the opportunity to camp in this important natural landmark either in the frontcountry at Long Pine Key or Flamingo Campgrounds for $16 per night. Campgrounds include fresh water, toilets and dump stations. They can also camp in the backcountry with a $10 permit.
Everglades National Park Southern tip of Florida nps.gov