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Camping in Maryland and Virginia

Campgrounds Near Washington, DC

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Camping in Maryland and Virginia
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Looking to spend a few days camping out in the woods? Within a short drive from the Washington, DC area you can find a wide selection of campgrounds. Here is a guide to the campgrounds in Maryland and Virginia. It is a good idea to call ahead and make a reservation at most of these campgrounds, especially during the peak season in the late spring and early fall.

Camping in Maryland

Cunningham Falls State Park
Thurmont, Maryland. Cunningham Falls is a state park in the Catoctin Mountains known for its 78-foot waterfall. There is also a 44-acre lake and a beach, used for swimming and boating. The campground includes 171 campsites and 9 cabins with hot showers, flush toilets and a camp store. Reservations: (8880 432-2267, Park Information: (301) 271-7574.

Greenbelt Park
Greenbelt, Maryland. This 1100-acre park is located just 13 miles from the heart of Washington, DC and has the closest campgrounds to the nation’s capital. There are 174 campgrounds, 10 miles of hiking trails and three picnic areas. Reservations: (301) 344-3944.

Greenbrier State Park
Boonsboro, Maryland. Greenbrier has a 42-acre man-made lake and a beach, popular for swimming, boating and fishing. There are 165 campsites, plus plenty of hiking trails, including access to the Appalachian Trail. Reservations: (888) 432-2267, Park Information (301) 791-4767.

Jellystone Park
Williamsport, Maryland. Jellystone Park is a family camping resort located near Hagerstown, Maryland. Cabins and tent camping is available with facilities including a swimming pool with waterslides, mini-golf, playgrounds, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. Daily family activities provide lots of entertainment. Reservations: (800)421-7116

Little Bennett Regional Park
Clarksburg, Maryland. Little Bennett Regional Park, located just 30 miles north of Washington, DC, offers wooded campsites and 20 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. The campground includes 91 campsites, a camp store, and activity center offering children's crafts, guided nature hikes, ice cream socials, hayrides, and a game room. Reservations: (301) 972-9222.

Ramblin Pines Camp Ground
Woodbine, Maryland. This campground is located in Howard County, conveniently located near I-70, between Baltimore and Washington. There are 200 campsites, 6 cabins, a fishing pond, miniature golf, a swimming pool, playground, game room and planned activities. Reservations: (410) 795-5161, (800) 550-8733.

The Treehouse Camp
Gapland, Maryland. This unique campground offers tree cottages, tree houses and tent camping about 6 miles from river rafting on the Maryland side of the Potomac and 6 miles from Harper's Ferry West Virginia. The facilities are recently up-dated, simple and rustic. (301) 432-5585.

Duncan Family Campground
Lothian, Maryland. The campground offers shady tent sites and rustic cabins located 20 miles southeast of Washington, DC and about 9 miles from Six Flags America. Amenities include a swimming pool, mini golf, playground and a camp store. (410) 741-9558, (800) 222-2086.

Rocky Gap Campground
Flintstone, Maryland. Rocky Gap State Park, located in Western Maryland, offers 278 individual campsites, a family group site and two youth group camping areas. The campground also features a boat ramp, canoe and kayak rentals, a nature center, a private swimming beach and a camp store. The campground is located adjacent to Rocky Gap Casino Resort which offers a wide variety of amenities and attractions. (888)432-2267.

Point Lookout State Park
Scotland, Maryland. The park has 143 wooded campsites available including 26 with full hook-ups and one campsite for youth groups. The beach area has grills, picnic tables, and a playground. Facilities include showers and restrooms. Boat rentals and three fishing areas are available.

For information on campgrounds in Northern Virginia, See page 2

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