First off, this park is extremely convenient to get to. So considering that convenience, the downsides may be a worthy trade-off … it's still trees and trails and wonderful. For example, this site was an excellent meeting place for me and a friend coming from DC and Baltimore - right between us, and just off the highway.
Some very nice stretches of trails, and were empty as I saw them. Though they do cross over major roads.
Site host and ranger came by - and were very nice - though all things considered I like parks when you don't really see anyone.
Sites offer almost no seclusion or oneness with nature. I believe we got the most secluded site (site 16, and thank you to the other reviewer for the heads up) but still very exposed to neighbors and roads.
this campground was great for a normal two day trip. about an hour away from the Baltimore/DC area was convenient when you are short on time and still want to get out there.
The park is self service, has better than expected restroom and shower facilities, a fresh water spout, and even a small book exchange. The staff was excellent and made sure we had what we needed and explained everything we needed to know.
We stayed in site number two. It was a perfect site, you can’t see the facilities but it was a short walk across the creek. we were able to set up our tent maybe five feet from the creek so we could hear it babble when we went to sleep. Would definitely return to the park and choose this spot again.
The trials were great, the pup was tired though.
Fishing in the pond-no license required. Creek is cool- swings for kids plus a field. Spent 2 weeks there and it was never packed. Grocery, gas and laundry pretty close.
This is a beautiful park and the camping was nice. There is no camp store; a full grocery store is a couple of miles away. Self-register. Firewood bundles are available on the honor system. Park rangers are extremely nice and helpful. I camped across from the campground hosts and never saw either of them.
site 16 will get you furthest away from other campers and give you some privacy. It's a nice getaway into the mildly wooded area of Gambrills, but provides plenty of space for multiple tents. Facilities are pretty standard, not too dirty but yet not too clean. Definitely worthwhile to get away from the busyness of life while only having to travel a short distance from bigger MD cities
Gambrill State Park is great for those just starting out to camp. It is located in Frederick, about an hour outside of Baltimore and Washington D.C. Though the campground is small, each site looks pretty unique. It offers tent sites, electric sites, and 4 cabins. All of the campsites are pet friendly as is Cabin 18. The restroom facility offer hot showers and multiple stalls. One downside is that there is no dishwashing station. You must bring your own dishwashing tubs.
As it is small and located conveniently off of the highway, it is used by a lot of passerbys. This area is very rich in Civil War history so many people will stay at Gambrill as it is a great middle point between Gettysburg and Antietam Battlefields. Right outside the park is the Frederick watershed where many locals take advantage of the trails for mountain biking. The park itself is well known for hiking trails that take you up and around the mountain. Every hiking trail except for the white trail allows mountain biking and horseback riding. Visit in May and the forest will be filled with songbirds. If you are lucky, you may see foxes and bears along with the standard woodland creatures. If you are extremely lucky, you may see the ever elusive bobcat.