Camping in Maryland



About Maryland Camping

Maryland is known for its sun-drenched shores, fishing and boating; camping in and around the Chesapeake Bay delivers on those promises. But Maryland packs a remarkable variety of other adventure options too, including rugged mountains in the north and west and the pastoral hills of Central Maryland. As a plus, the thrills and relaxation provided by camping in Maryland are all within easy access of historic towns and the big cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Maryland’s beaches have long been a popular family vacation destination. Not far from the bustling Ocean City, campers can find restful fishing and swimming and beautiful ocean sunrises on Assateague Island, a 37-mile strip of sand and marsh where wild horses roam. Find dozens more options for waterfront camping in Maryland on the Eastern Shore in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Generations of watermen there have harvested blue crabs, oysters, clams, rockfish and their towns retain their red-bricked charm.

Another popular way to see Maryland is to bike or walk parts of old towpath for the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The 184.5 miles of easy, shaded trail follows the Potomac River, passing through dozens of historic lockhouses, the breathtaking Great Falls, and historic towns like Harper’s Ferry to connect Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. Campers can find sites every few miles.

Mountain lovers can also find camping in Maryland along the remnants of the greater Appalachian range. These sites offer easy access to viewpoints and waterfalls, including the tallest in the state, the 78-foot Cunningham Falls. Sugarloaf Mountain is a small peak south of Frederick, Maryland with a Civil War history that now offers far-reaching vistas on the surrounding vineyards and forests to hikers, rock climbers and campers. Find more options for camping in Maryland’s mountains or beaches on The Dyrt.

Recent Reviews In Maryland

969 Reviews of 264 Maryland Campgrounds

NThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2021

Beautiful Spot Just Outside DC

A great campground just outside of DC - Tucked into the middle of a park where there’s no noise out light pollution.

-1 star because we requested a site big enough for a 28’ trailer and 1 vehicle. The spot clearly is not big enough for a trailer and a vehicle. We managed to fit our car on the lot…

  • 20-30min drive to DC
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Month of VisitDecember
Sabrina H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Serene & What We Needed

We closed out the season with a trip here. It was absolutely serene and beautiful as the leaves were changing, fall vastly approaching. The sites are close together but there is still privacy as most sites are surrounded by trees. Bathhouses are in fair shape. Staff was super friendly. Would…

Month of VisitNovember
Meagan B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2021

Quiet and Clean

Spent a brisk evening at this campground and it was lovely. Clean and quiet, neighboring campers were friendly, as were the staff members at the camp store. Clean restrooms.

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Month of VisitDecember
Tom J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2021

Bring earplugs

It's a train station parking lot very loud train whistles all through the

Month of VisitDecember
HThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2021

Fantastic location with beautiful sunsets

Stayed here 2 nights in November in the newer pull in sites. We had electric and water, there were several dump stations at the campground. They are still waiting for approval from the state for the septic. 

Most of the sites are seasonal renters, except for the section we were in. Not much to…

Month of VisitDecember
Simon S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2021

Scenic and family friendly

Camp site (Tent camping)

We were at the group camping ground which was big and open, and had a pavilion for co-use. A little too open it seemed, but there are other sites that are a bit more enclosed. Have to walk from the parking spot to the camp ground. No hookups to electricity or water.…

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Month of VisitNovember
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2021

Very clean

Very clean facilities, some sites are sort of close but plenty of more private sites

Month of VisitMay
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2021

Beach Camping

Campsite was very nice and clean, good views and beach access. Has a fire ring. I just emailed a couple days before to reserve a spot no problem.

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Month of VisitDecember
Simon S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2021

Good camp site near cute waterfalls

Camp ground was just a few minute drive away from the entrance to the trail. Trails were easy enough for kids.

Camp site itself was nice and clean but felt a little too close to each other. We had a water pump on the site.

Bathrooms were clean enough.

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Month of VisitSeptember
Dan & Karen  M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2021

Great Camping Near the OC, MD Beach

An awesome campground located on the east coast near Ocean City, MD and the Atlantic Ocean. This was our first visit to Castaways. Lots to do and loads of fun. We love it! our site was roomy and nicely kept. The bathhouse, laundry and pool areas were very clean and looked new! The dock was close by…

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Month of VisitAugust
Simon S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2021

Best campground right next to the beach, in Maryland!

If you want to spend some quality time on the beach not crowded, this is the place to be.

Bathrooms are clean and showers are separate from the bathrooms, which I liked.

Campgrounds are pretty basic and are very open without any shades. Wind can get really wild for tent campers. Wild horses roam…

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Month of VisitAugust
Joe C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2021

Halloween Camping

Great location, quiet this time of year.

Month of VisitNovember
Simon S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2021

Beautiful and clean

One of the most well maintained camp grounds I’ve been to in Maryland.

Camp hosts and Rangers are friendly.

Kayaking definitely was an extra fun for the kids.

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Month of VisitAugust
Kirk M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2021

Nice area close to DC sites

Good area. We went a long time ago. Camping is limited in the DC area.

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Month of VisitApril
Kirk M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2021

Nice area

Nice enough area. Not a lot of places to camp. Close to DC sites!

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Month of VisitApril

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