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Secluded

They have a handful of sites that are more secluded and not right on the driveway loop. I've only camped in loop C and find it more quiet and less crowded than loop B. Probably because this loop only has toilets in the restroom. Showers are in loop B, which is a 5-7 minute walk. During holiday weekends the sites closest to the shower facilities are fully booked and have less privacy. They are usually reserved by larger groups. Plenty of beautiful walking and hiking trails in the park to enjoy. This campground is well maintained and routinely monitored by park rangers. There's a $20 National Park entrance fee that's in addition to the site reservation.

Nice Small Campsite Close to DC

Nice small campsite in MD not too far from DC. One negative was that when it rains it really flushes through the grounds. We had a site on the lower end of the loop and our site was hard to set up as we arrived during a storm and it was very wet even after the rain died down. Another negative was after the storm for the next few days we heard trees falling nearby. Where we were hiking. 😬 The positives are as others have pointed out there is a huge park for kids- it’s not within walking distance for little kids but it’s a very short drive by the entrance to the park. There’s also another small park on the loop. The restrooms were central and well maintained. We found a small river and swimming hole at the bottom of the hill off to the side opposite the cabins/park. All sites had a picnic table and fire ring. Firewood available from camp host. Hiking poles would have been good for the trails when we had a kid in a pack on our back. Overall a nice close small campground.

Mosquitos, Overgrown & Quiet

We chose this campground based on proximity to work. This campground was priced fairly, however, it does come with its downfalls.

PROS

Let me start with the positive, we were 1 of 3 campers in this loop during our week-long stay. This made it peaceful and quiet. 

CONS

It's close to a Naval base, and therefore you constantly hear airplanes, and helicopters at all times. 

Other than the daily bathroom cleaning, this campground lacks maintenance on sites and walkways. They are both overgrown. 

Playground, fishing, archery all seem blocked off at this time. 

Trails seem open but are across and through hunting areas. They are also muddy from the rain. There is even standing water around our site which brings us to…the MOSQUITOS! We tried fans, tiki torches, and many deet free or light deet products before having to buy 100% deet so we could be outside. These things are awful!

Great County/State Park Even in the Off Season

My wife and I stayed here in mid-November to visit our daughter and her family for her birthday. They work on a first-come-first-serve basis. The campground is apart of a greater recreational park area. It's easy to miss the sign for the camping area, so keep your eyes open. Once you find an open spot, you have to go to the main office area across the main road to check-in.

They have back in, pull through, and group sites. The park is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, but their's enough of a wooded area to get that camping quality. We paid $23 a night with water and electricity. The dump station is toward the entrance.

We stayed for 4 nights, but they have a 14-night maximum. There's plenty of space between each campsite, so you don't feel like you're on top of anyone. They are pet-friendly but expect proper pet etiquette.

We really enjoyed our experience there. We were able to take our young grandchildren across the street to the playground area where they have multiple jungle gyms designed for different age groups. The kids had so much fun when it was time to go, they didn't want to leave. My daughter now takes them to the playground for a fun day out.

The nice lady at the office told me that during the summer the campground fills up fast, so Tuesdays and Wednesdays are your best chance to find a spot.

RV restrictions

Prince William Forest has been a destination for my family for over 35 years. Staff is friendly and helpful.

RV’s are allowed, but not all RV’s fit. Their website states that “Trailers and fifth wheels are limited to up to 26 feet in length and 12 feet in height and motor homes up to 32 feet in length and 12 feet in height.”

No hookups, but a fantastic destination!

Nice quiet campground

Nice campground, very spread out sites not close to neighbor, clean bathrooms, close to DC metro area for good getaway, nice trails to hiking/ running/ biking.

Beautiful

Clean, quiet campsite! The family and I had a great time. We enjoyed building a campfire and hiking all the beautiful and scenic trails! We will definitely go back again

Easier hiking, walking distance to Catonsville

A popular spot for afternoon walks and morning workouts, the trails are active with local residents and far away visitors.

You can also gain access to the Patapsco River by traveling down into the river valley along the Forest Glen Trail. This trail follows the Saw Mill Branch Stream and can connect with several trails to make for very interesting hiking adventures. The area also has a small campground with six mini-cabins and 12 basic campsites.

Great Small Campground - Cool Cabinso

This is a small gem of a state park campground, one of only two is the massive Patapsco Valley State Park. It’s a bit odd getting here through a suburban neighborhood, but the Hilton area is great. It seem like this area is, possibly unintentionally, geared toward children. There is a massive playground, nature play space, sensory trail, and a small nature center. There are a lot of easy, but beautiful hikes.

The campground is on the smaller side. You get a fire pit and cooking crate, and a picnic table. The crushed stone at the sites isn’t comfortable for tents, and they won’t let you pitch it on the ground, so bring extra pads and alternative ways to secure the tent to the ground. There are helpful and friendly camp hosts always on duty. The bathhouse is nothing special, but it’s well maintained and clean. The best part of this campground are the neat mini cabins. Small one room cabins that have electricity and heat. They are a nice touch for those that want to camp, but not completely “rough it.” We found everything reasonably priced.

Remember: no alcohol or firewood can be brought into the park. Firewood can only be purchased on site due to harmful insects. But the money goes toward the parks volunteer program.

This is a very nice small campground that is great for kids!

Great Place!

It may be close to suburbia (a neighborhood right through the trees) and convenient to major highways (literal minutes to I95), but you will feel like you are truly secluded in the woods. The camp sites are pretty close together, but they are impeccably clean. You get a fire ring with grill grate, and firewood is available for a small fee (it is illegal to bring your own wood for conservation reasons, and hey it supports the parks volunteers). Picnic tables come with the site too. Some have electric, but not all. Friendly resident camp hosts are always on duty to help with questions. The bathhouse is aged and has seen much better days, but it’s well maintained and clean. There is a utility sink for dishes. All the rangers I’ve met were friendly and very helpful (but stern to some loud campers at another site). They have a dump site free for those staying, and a reasonable fee for those passing through. I thought fees were quite reasonable.

Good to know: you can’t bring firewood or alcohol into the park. Both are illegal. The only exception being alcohol is allowed only if inside an RV. I saw both strictly enforced. There is also a “pet loop” area for overflow and those with pets. It’s a nice small area removed from the rest of the campground, but beware: there is no bathhouse for this area. A port-a-potty is provided, but it’s a long walk to a real flush toilet.

Overall, I really like this campground. You can’t beat the location and value!