Great place for kayaking and exploring. Beautiful sunsets. Campground was quiet, lots of families. Bathrooms very clean and well ventilated and were cleaned 3 times a day for COVID. Campground staff and rangers were onsite all the time and if there were any issues it was easy to get help. Unfortunately the bugs were so bad, it was nearly impossible to enjoy. No-see-ums bite all day long, bug spray helps with these. Deer flies bite from the morning sun until it’s dark and they are the worst at dusk. Fire smoke doesn’t keep them away and Bug spray does not help keep these flies from biting. The bites are painful and the flies follow you. It was awful. If you go before June or after September, you’re more likely to have a good time. Taking two stars off for bug issues, not likely to go back unfortunately.
We tent-camped for two nights in Loop C, site 87 in early June 2020.
This is a beautiful state park in water-lover’s paradise on the eastern shore of Maryland. The entire campground was very well kept and run, even though we were there just as it was reopening from the COVID crisis. There are three loops for camping. “A” loop has very public sites with roads, parking, day use areas (playground, store, observation tower, ramps and docks) all nearby. “B” loop is fully electrified so popular with trailers and RVs, though the sites are nice and very usable for tents as well. “C” loop is mostly without power so has a higher concentration of tent camps. The park store and visitor’s centers were both closed, and check-in was by telephone from our site (cell service was fine). Camp staff was excellent.
The sites are vary in size but are a bit tight, especially since they ask you to keep everything on the gravel area. We have a fairly large tent (REI Kingdom 6) and, combined with the van, it would have been a tight fit to get another tent or car into the site. On the loop near the water (where we were), the sites were also somewhat close together. It gives the campground a bit of a social feel since you’re all fairly close, but the 10 PM quiet time was well-respected and there was more of a family than a party atmosphere. The sites on the roads leading into the loops have a bit more isolation. Overall, it still had a peaceful feel and the full-height trees provide ample shade. Bathrooms were well-kept with good, private shower facilities and there was easy access to fresh water spigots sprinkled throughout the sites. I read a lot about bugs here and we didn’t find them very bad. At sunset near the water, the biting flies could be annoying but they didn’t seem to affect the sites which are wooded (like ours). I suspect as summer progresses, they get worse.
The park has well-marked kayaking trails. Normally you can rent kayaks from the park, but since they were closed, we used Kayak Crisfield. Kayak Crisfield met us at the marina with all the paperwork and made it an easy alternative. At the end of the day, we just left the boats there and called to let them know. The water trails have a big variety from large channels to narrow marsh routes and bird watching is excellent. There’s a beach that’s an easy 1-mile paddle away with lots of room to spread out and have a private space to yourself. Allow yourself some time to explore since it is easy to accidentally head down dead-end channels, but the kids loved that part of it. You’re also in a part of Maryland with many other nearby boating spots and if you bring your own boats, you won’t get bored in a week.
Overall, this is a great campground where we’ll return. I knocked one star off just for the size and closeness of the sites but the rest of the experience was fantastic.
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.
Half of the sites are dry camping other half are electric only. Dogs are allowed at half the sites. They had the cleanest nicest showers we have ever seen at a campground. Fantastic camp store with long hours. Camper size Old Bay was there!! Ice cream, firewood, cake, and a new pontoon service to the island beach. It was $12 for 2 hours. Takes you to beach and swimming but no amenities so plan well. We loved it. There are fire road trails which are more like paths through the woods. Very flat. Be sure to wear DEET as the chiggers and ticks are crazy hungry there. There is a canal that borders the campground where the breeze comes through nicely and has great sunset view. Dump station was nice, but dumpsters are along ways from the camp spots. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Our favorite part by far was the pontoon over to the island to swim at the beach especially because you can bring your dog and ours had a blast
Half of the sites are dry camping other half are electric only. Dogs are allowed at half the sites. They had the cleanest nicest showers we have ever seen at a campground. Fantastic camp store with long hours. Camper size Old Bay was there!! Ice cream, firewood, cake, and a new pontoon service to the island beach. It was $12 for 2 hours. Takes you to beach and swimming but no amenities so plan well. We loved it. There are fire road trails which are more like paths through the woods. Very flat. Be sure to wear DEET as the chiggers and ticks are crazy hungry there. There is a canal that borders the campground where the breeze comes through nicely and has great sunset view. Dump station was nice, but dumpsters are along ways from the camp spots. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Our favorite part by far was the pontoon over to the island to swim at the beach especially because you can bring your dog and ours had a blast.
The weekend we camped here was beautiful! If you enjoy kayaking/canoeing this is the place for you. They have 30 miles worth of different water trails. The island has miles of private beaches that you can have to yourself. The camp offers kayak and canoe rentals if you don't have your own. I would recommend reserving your sight early on if you want a water front spot. We called the week of and got a waterfront spot but it was not private and located out by the marina.
Beautiful campground. The bathrooms were nicer than my bath at home and sparkling clean. Staff was amazingly pleasant and helpful. The campground was quiet and peaceful. The park had so much to explore, kayaking, hiking, fishing, beach access via kayak; we could have easily spent a week there. I was worried before arriving because other reviewers complained about the bugs. We were there mid July and the bugs weren’t bad at all, a few mosquito bites, and the biting flies were kept at bay by cutter. We will definitely be back. The kayaking alone is worth the trip.
Great campsite! Lots of water access, crabbing and hiking areas!!
We stayed at this campground August 2017. We had a 20’ travel trailer, 2 kids, and 2 boxers. This was a great place. Very quiet. Checkin was easy. You have to go into the store to check in. Our site was right across the the bathroom facilities which was great for us because it’s difficult to shower in a 20’ rv. So we utilized the bathroom facilities a lot. The bathrooms were clean and had 3 shower/ dressing areas along with several toilets and sinks on the other side.
We were not bayside but close enough to walk. Some site are bayside and right on the water. The sites are big enough, have a picnic table, and a fire pit/cooking area. We also had full hookup.
There is a lookout tower which my kids enjoyed climbing.
there is not much here or in town. We did find a food store in town but bring stuff with you because it took some searching to find it.
events of the weekend. We bought inflatable kayaks and paddles out to James island. This was a lot of fun. James island has a beach area so we paddles right up and explored the island. Not much to do but it was fun exploring.
Also, the rangers run events for the kids. On Saturday they had a crabbing contest. They educated the kids about different kids of crabs and then gave them crabbing line with chicken on it and let them crab. They took measurements of the crabs and awarded a certificate to the person that caught the largest crab. Everyone enjoyed this. There were a lot of kids there too and it made a good fun competition. Everyone got excite to see when someone caught a crab.
Overall this was a fun quiet weekend and we enjoyed ourselves.
On the Bay, a few electric sites. Clean restrooms. Nice dock for boats and great kayak trails. Biking is fun around the old towns nearby.