I’ve always liked camping, then I tried primitive camping here and realized how much more I like it. This is a great campground for the weekend stays.
Green Ridge State Forest camping is a bare bones affair. There are no showers, bathrooms, or campstores. What it does have is solitude. There are nearly 100 campsites within the forest boundaries and with the exception of the Kasekamp sites (that cater more to river floating and the nearby C&O Canal) most of them have no neighbor within half a mile. The sites with the most to offer as far as self contemplation are #’s 23, 100, and a couple along fifteen mile creek. The pads are wide and can accommodate multiple tents. There are three group sites within the forest. Backcountry camping is also allowed. Each established site has a picnic table and fire ring. Nearby are the towns of Flintstone, Little Orleans, and Hancock where supplies can be bought. Be aware that every site is approached by roads that are gravel ( if your lucky) or dirt, which is more likely. Light pollution is median- most of the lights are from nearby I-68. A night sky will still be beckoning with more stars that one can count. Price is cheap. I rented a site for an entire week for less than 75 dollars. As far as what to do, the forest has huge trail miles, great fishing at the Potomac River and both 15 mile and Flintstone creeks, hunting in season, good fall colors, geocaching, and access to mountain biking as well. Minimal ATV use since the ORV trail closed. This is good deer and black bear country as well. Get dirty and rough it here. You absolutely won’t regret it.
If you like tent camping with no amenities, this is the place. Most of the sites are far away from every other site. There is a picnic bench and a fire ring at each site. That is it. There is no power, water, and the only public toilet is at the ranger station.
It's beautiful, there are 100 sites to choose from and you can be loud if you want because more than likely you won't be near the other sites.
You can't bring you own wood, but you might be able to find some, or you are allowed to use the already downed/dead trees.
Green Ridge is where one comes to camp for the isolation. Very few sites are within walking distance of each other. The exception is a group of sites near the Potomac Riverand the C&O Canal. Every site is accessible by car- some may need a bit more clearance, like the few that lie within the more central area of the forest. Those keen on isolation need to get site 23 along Treasure Road or site 100 near the Kasekamp area. Backcountry camping is also allowed, just get the permit from the Headquarters first. Several trails line in the Forest. One nearly connects with the Mid State Trail in PA. A good size chunk of the Greater Eastern Trail also goes through the Forest. There are campsites to fit every need: gonna fish? Many sites border Fifteen Mile Creek, Town Creek, Flintstone Creek and the Potomac. There are at least two Adorondack type shelters along the major trails. Many of the campsites accommodate hunting, of which there is much opportunity. There is limited ATV access, mostly along the established roads, as the ORV trail was closed years ago. There are sites closer to civilization as well, making them good for younger campers. No site has bathrooms or showers- you’re on your own there. No showers either. Supplies are nearby in Little Orleans, Flintstone, even Cumberland isn’t far away. It is cheap and relaxing.
This state park has everything from loop camping where you're only several feet from future friends, to secluded wooded camping, to waterfront camping, to RV posts- take your pick! Green Ridge does not accept reservations, so take a look at the map ahead of time and be sure to check in at the office before heading to a site to be sure it's available.
We've snagged several secluded spots where your nearest neighbor is about 3/4 mile away, but our all- time favorite is site #66 (pictured). All sites are near excellent hiking, and there's a small town nearby that offers rental canoes and boasts a biker bar with ridiculously good breakfast sandwiches!