Best Camping near Rock Creek Park

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Rock Creek Park is the perfect place for adventurous campers and RVers. There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that District of Columbia camping has to offer. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your District of Columbia camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Rock Creek Park, DC (91)

  1. 1.

    Cherry Hill Park

    40 Reviews
    178 Photos
    284 Saves
    Beltsville, Maryland

    Cherry Hill Park is a family-owned and operated campground that has been in the Gurevich family for 5 generations. We offer premium amenities, friendly service, and a wide variety of lodging - everything from tent & RV sites to premium log cabins and glamping pods and yurts. Our concierge and tours program makes it easy for guests to access downtown Washington, DC, by bus, Metro train, and guided tours. We love hosting guests from all across America, from all over the world, and from just down the road in our home state of Maryland.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $101 - $999 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park

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    Greenbelt Park Campground — Greenbelt Park

    27 Reviews
    84 Photos
    209 Saves
    Greenbelt, Maryland

    Overview

    Greenbelt Campground is an urban oasis just 10 miles from Washington, D.C. This beautiful, wooded park is known for its safety, affordability, peaceful surroundings and National Park Service hospitality. Each campsite includes a picnic table and combination grill/campfire ring. Campsites have been improved using your camping fees to include new picnic tables and grills.The campground does not have water or electric hookups (primitive campground).A Loop is a Scout loop, youth or group Loop only. There is a RV limit of 30 feet (including tow vehicle) in B Loop and limited availabilty for larger vehicles (35 feet including tow vehicle) in D loop.

    Recreation

    The trails are open. Ten miles of hiking trails meander through Greenbelt Park, including Perimeter, Azalea, Dogwood and Blueberry Trails. Sweetgum Picnic Area is located 1.5 miles from the campground, with playground equipment and public picnic tables.

    Facilities

    The trails are open. Ten miles of hiking trails meander through Greenbelt Park, including Perimeter, Azalea, Dogwood and Blueberry Trails. Sweetgum Picnic Area is located 1.5 miles from the campground, with playground equipment and public picnic tables.

    Natural Features

    Situated in suburban Maryland, Greenbelt Campground is forested with a pleasant mix of pine, oak and maple trees, which give way to a colorful autumn season. Mountain Laurel blooms throughout the park in May. Still Creek flows through the site, where deer and chipmunks are commonly seen.

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    This location is staffed. Please call (771) 208-1588 to speak with local staff.

    Nearby Attractions

    Greenbelt Campground is surrounded by a myriad of fun and interesting attractions. Washington, D.C. and its famed historic sites are just 10 miles from Greenbelt. Goddard Space Flight Center is 3 miles from the park and the City of Greenbelt is 1 mile away. The Washington, D.C. Metro Transit System can be accessed 1.5 miles from the park, and major shopping centers are located within 1/2 mile away from the park entrance.

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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pohick Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pohick Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pohick Bay Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Pohick Bay Campground

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    Pohick Bay Campground

    37 Reviews
    61 Photos
    293 Saves
    Lorton, Virginia

    Choose your next adventure at Pohick Bay Campground in Lorton, Virginia. Bring the kids for a day of splashing and sliding at Pirate’s Cove Waterpark, spend a day on the bay with our canoe, paddleboard, stand up paddleboard and kayak rentals; or bring your own boat to our public boat launch ramp. Make a day of it by renting a picnic shelter or stay a little longer and reserve one of our cabins or campsites.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bull Run Regional Park

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    Bull Run Regional Park

    39 Reviews
    66 Photos
    178 Saves
    Iron Gate, Virginia

    Bull Run Campground, located near Interstate 66, is a getaway that is not far from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia attractions. Bull Run Park is only 27 miles from Washington, D.C. and 15 miles from the Vienna Metro Center Station. We are convenient for visitors to the Dulles area , Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

    The variety of campsites available at Bull Run Campground are RV sites with electric only service, Electric RV sites with water, RV sites with full-service (which includes sewer, water and electric), tent sites, rustic cabins and group camping areas. There are two bathhouses in the campground that offer hot showers, sinks, toilets and laundry facilities. The camp store sells camping supplies, snacks, ice and firewood and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $95 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Fairfax Campground

    5.

    Lake Fairfax Campground

    23 Reviews
    48 Photos
    177 Saves
    Reston, Virginia
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 - $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park

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    Oak Ridge Campground — Prince William Forest Park

    30 Reviews
    57 Photos
    236 Saves
    Dumfries, Virginia

    Overview

    Oak Ridge Campground is a 100-site, wooded campground located in Prince William Forest Park, 35 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The park's land was set aside during the Great Depression, and in 1935 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began restoring the previously over-farmed acreage, converting it to recreational lands for public use. The CCC built trails, dams and cabins, making the park a wonderful place for recreation and relaxation. Large group camping is not permitted at Oak Ridge Campground. Please read the need to know section for additional information.

    Recreation

    The park offers many recreational activities, including hiking, biking, orienteering and fishing. Hikers enjoy exploring the park's 37 miles of foot trails. The South Valley, Oak Ridge and Farms to Forest Trails all begin at the campground entrance.Bicyclists will find 21 miles of paved roads within the park, including the 12-mile Scenic Drive. Little traffic and a 25 m.p.h. speed limit make this a popular biking spot. A 3-mile, family-friendly paved bike lane leads to the campground. Mountain biking is also available on 10 miles of gravel fire roads.The park boasts 30 orienteering courses with picturesque settings. Orienteering is a 19th century Scandinavian sport primarily used as military training. The courses were developed in 1972 and continue to provide hours of entertainment and exploration for park visitors.Approximately 18 miles of streams and two small lakes are open to the public for fishing. The water quality of Quantico Creek supports numerous fish species and other aquatic life. The most common fish species are bluegill, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass and channel catfish.

    Facilities

    The park offers many recreational activities, including hiking, biking, orienteering and fishing. Hikers enjoy exploring the park's 37 miles of foot trails. The South Valley, Oak Ridge and Farms to Forest Trails all begin at the campground entrance.Bicyclists will find 21 miles of paved roads within the park, including the 12-mile Scenic Drive. Little traffic and a 25 m.p.h. speed limit make this a popular biking spot. A 3-mile, family-friendly paved bike lane leads to the campground. Mountain biking is also available on 10 miles of gravel fire roads.The park boasts 30 orienteering courses with picturesque settings. Orienteering is a 19th century Scandinavian sport primarily used as military training. The courses were developed in 1972 and continue to provide hours of entertainment and exploration for park visitors.Approximately 18 miles of streams and two small lakes are open to the public for fishing. The water quality of Quantico Creek supports numerous fish species and other aquatic life. The most common fish species are bluegill, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass and channel catfish.

    Natural Features

    Prince William Forest Park preserves approximately 15,000 acres of Piedmont forest covering a major portion of the Quantico Creek watershed. The park represents one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land in the area and is the third largest unit of the National Park System in Virginia. The area is the largest example of a Piedmont forest ecosystem in the National Park Service, makeing it a significant natural resource. Various geological outcroppings, winding creeks, gently rolling slopes and man-made lakes make wonderful destinations for any adventurous visitor. The park is home to 46 species of mammals, 22 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, more than 129 species of birds, 26 species of fish and an unknown number of invertebrates. More than 900 plant species exist in Prince William Forest Park. From the smallest wildflower to the tallest tree, each species has a special role to play in this forest ecosystem. From tree bark in winter, wildflowers in spring, canopy cover in summer and autumn colors in fall, Prince William Forest Park offers beautiful scenery year-round.

    Nearby Attractions

    Prince William Forest Park is centrally located, with easy access to all of the attractions the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area have to offer. From the park entrance, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the main gate of the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico are just a mile away. The park is located directly between historic Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $26 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Burke Lake Park Campground

    7.

    Burke Lake Park Campground

    15 Reviews
    27 Photos
    118 Saves
    Burke, Virginia

    Burke Lake Park Campground, nestled near Fairfax Station, VA, is a solid spot for a camping getaway. This place has a bit of everything to keep you entertained. The campground itself is pretty straightforward, with primitive sites that come with upgraded bathhouses. You won't find electric or sewer hookups here, but there are showers, toilets, and a sanitary dump station.

    One of the standout features is the lake. It's perfect for fishing and kayaking, and there's a five-mile trail around it if you're up for a scenic walk or run. The park also offers some fun activities like disc golf, mini golf, a carousel, and even a little train ride. And after all that, you can treat yourself to some ice cream at the parlor.

    The camp store is handy for basics, though it might be closed in late October, so plan accordingly. Pets are welcome, and you can have a campfire, which is always a plus. Just remember to bring your own grill grate if you plan on cooking over the fire, as the fire rings don't come with grills.

    The sites are generally spacious, though some can feel a bit close together. If you're looking for a spot near the bathrooms, aim for sites around B14 or B15. The bathrooms are clean and stocked, and there's potable water available.

    Overall, Burke Lake Park Campground is a great spot for families and anyone looking to enjoy some outdoor activities without straying too far from the comforts of civilization. Just be prepared for a bit of noise from nearby roads and other campers.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Cedarville State Forest

    8.

    Cedarville State Forest

    17 Reviews
    56 Photos
    96 Saves
    Brandywine, Maryland

    The lat/long on The Dyrt were updated 5/5/2022 to reflect what the State Forest site says is the CORRECT way to get into this campground.

    Equestrian Camping

    Campsites are primitive and a bathhouse is located in the center of the equestrian/special events camping loop. Equestrian Camping is roughly $30.00 per night per campsite. Make a reservation by calling 1-888-432-2267 (M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or online during the camping season (April through October).​ A horse is required to stay in this campground.​ Youth Group Camping

    Youth group passes are honored. Youth group camping reservations can only be made by calling the Maryland Park Service Reservation Service at 1-888-432-2267 Make future reservations by calling 1-888-432-2267 or online. The Maryland Park Service reserves the right to restrict the maximum and minimum number of vehicles and individuals admitted under one youth group pass per visit.

    Check out a map of the youth group and special event loops.

    Family Camping

    Family camping is available from April to October. Walk-ins are not permitted in office; same day reservations are made by calling 1-888-432-2267 (M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or online (24/7). ​

    Check out a map of the Family Camping Area.​
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Washington DC / Capitol KOA

    9.

    Washington DC / Capitol KOA

    15 Reviews
    17 Photos
    68 Saves
    Millersville, Maryland

    Washington DC / Capitol KOA is a solid spot for families and anyone looking to explore the nation's capital while enjoying some outdoor time. Nestled in Millersville, MD, this campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations. It's got a bit of everything for everyone.

    One of the standout features here is the kid-friendly environment. There's a pool, an outdoor chess set, a jumping pillow, and a gaga ball pit, making it a hit with families. The staff is known for being exceptionally friendly and helpful, which always makes a stay more pleasant.

    For those who need to stay connected, the campground provides reasonable WiFi. The bathrooms are clean and adequate, which is always a plus. If you need supplies, the campground store is well-stocked with a variety of merchandise and camping essentials.

    The sites themselves are a mix of gravel and grass, with some shaded and others not so much. If you're camping in the summer, be prepared for some heat, especially in the unshaded tent sites. The RV spots are generally level, but there have been mentions of some uneven spots, so keep that in mind when setting up.

    While it's not the most convenient location for daily trips into DC, it works well as a base camp for exploring the area. Just be aware that the shuttle service to DC might not always be available, so plan accordingly.

    Overall, Washington DC / Capitol KOA offers a good mix of amenities and a friendly atmosphere, making it a decent choice for both short stays and longer visits.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Patapsco Valley State Park-Hilton Area
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    Patapsco Valley State Park-Hilton Area

    18 Reviews
    94 Photos
    146 Saves
    Catonsville, Maryland

    Hilton is a place for kids of all ages to play and explore. Located off Hilton Avenue, this area is within walking distance for many residents in Catonsville. A popular spot for afternoon walks and morning workouts, the trails are active with local residents and visitors from far away.

    You can also gain access to the Patapsco River by traveling down into the river valley along the Forest Glen Trail. This trail follows the Saw Mill Branch Stream and can connect with several trails to make for very interesting hiking adventures. The area also has a small campground with six mini-cabins and 12 basic campsites.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $51 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Rock Creek Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Rock Creek Park is Cherry Hill Park with a 4.8-star rating from 40 reviews.

What parks are near Rock Creek Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 18 parks near Rock Creek Park that allow camping, notably National Mall & Memorial Parks and Greenbelt Park.