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.
I’ve camped at many different spots throughout Green Ridge. Most of them are wonderful spots, with beautiful views, history, or nature nearby. All of them are pretty secluded and have fire pit, and picnic tables.
One time I did have a campsite that was very close to two of the forest roads, and between 10-1 am on a Saturday had a lot of cars driving around. But more times than not it’s very secluded and peaceful.
I do think the system of renting and paying for campsites could be improved via the use of technology. I would love to be able to rent and pay for campsites online, and see which ones were already occupied etc. instead of having to drive out to the headquarters, then to the campsite. Just a minor thing that would be a nice feature.
On Verizon, you can find phone service in a few of the campsites, also there are a lot of sites that are good for hammocks
I’ve attached photos of campsite #6.
This is a neat little spot to get away for the weekend. Very desolate camping spots, remote and large enough for groups. Highly recommend!
This place is the definition of secluded. Almost all 100 campsites in the forest are 1/2 mile apart and they are pretty massive. Bare bones explains the park, because the sites only include a picnic table and fire pit. It’s just you and nature out there. No camp stores, bathrooms, or visitor areas. You can register during or after hours at the camp headquarters and pay $10 per night for the site of your choice. It’s a pretty excellent area as far as terrain too. Lots of deep valleys and lookout points. The area also features areas on rivers and canals. This campground has something for every nature lover.
I stayed in a primitive campsite and loved it. Campsites are far apart and have the standard fire pit and picnic table. No bathrooms.
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!