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.
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We stayed during the Covid 19. Most of their attractions were obviously closed, but the pool was open. Golf cart rentals were available, and the staff responsible was very friendly and helpful. Park Security was present and checking regularly. The rates for this facility continue year after year to climb, as they continue expanding to make more sites. It is a great park…off season. but over priced and they pack you in like sardines. It is very tight making you feel like you are right on top of neighbors. Kids love the pool and playgrounds.
Great campground and park. Sites are somewhat well separated, some on the grass, some right on the dunes. The restrooms are probably the best we've seen amongst any Md campground. Beaches are very very enjoyable. Only downside I can think of is how hard it is to book a site (we book ours a year in advance and it still a race). Something to keep in mind is that, because of the natural layout of the park, no shade is provided by trees, be prepared. Great place to go
Tuckahoe is a go to for us for several reasons. It is less than 40 mins from Annapolis and close to DC and Baltimore. Yet it is isolated and quiet. There’s some great trails as well as walking between the camp loops and picnic areas. The electric loop has pretty level pads with paved drives. They are sticklers about parking on the pad and the driveway. There is one bathhouse per camping loop they are a 6 to 7 out of 10. Nothing fancy.
The hikes are scenic with the lake and the creek. There’s also an awesome native plant arboretum nearby. Adkins Aboretum. Water is available at several locations around each loop. Each loop has a handful of cabins available also. Take everything you need. There’s not much around for supplies. Firewood is available at he front for $5 a pack. Nicely dried and the sales help the park. There’s also a picnic loop with some awesome playgrounds and slides. Also good place for birding, fishing and stargazing.
My wife has camped here for the last 26 years. It is a yearly tradition. The lake is beautiful, bathrooms are always clean, the campsites are so beautifully wooded. She says loop B is her favorite, but loop A is very convenient if you have little ones. The path to the lake is a great adventure. You can jump on the Appalachian Trail for a hike. Some of the family is still going every year. They also have fishing, paddle boats, and a snack bar at the lake.
Green Ridge is the place to go if you’re looking for a rugged, isolated forest. It has 100 primitive drive-up campsites (fire ring and picnic table, no facilities), and countless more “overflow” sites with a fire ring if it happens to be full when you arrive. For me this is the place to go for car camping—bear in mind that some of the back roads are pretty rough so you’ll ideally want a car with decent clearance. There is also backcountry camping with a few shelters on the trails. Camping is $10 per night–if you show up when the ranger station is open the nice folks there will give you a site. They’re pretty knowledgeable and can help you find something that will best suit what you’re looking for. I think there’s self registration if you arrive after hours.
Photos—campsite #53; overflow site near site #19; backcountry shelter on pine lick trail.
Just got back from here for our first trip of 2020. The camp store and boat rentals were closed and the check in was kind of confusing due to arriving the first day the park opened due to Covid-19, but I flagged down an employee who was very helpful. We weren’t a huge fan of our site, site 50, because it was difficult to get into and it backed up to the marina. We basically had to do a u-turn in reverse with our 30ft travel trailer which wasn’t the easiest to get in the site. But, if you have a tent or a smaller RV and want to walk to the marina the it’s a great site. Overall we had a great time and will definitely be back in the future, just at a different site.