Best Camping near Smithsburg, MD

Searching for the best camping near Smithsburg, MD? There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in. Experience some of the most stunning views that Maryland camping has to offer. Find the best campgrounds near Smithsburg, MD. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Greenbrier State Park Campground
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    1.

    Greenbrier State Park Campground

    41 Reviews
    133 Photos
    294 Saves
    Boonsboro, Maryland

    Few places on Earth can inspire as much as the diverse landscape found throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Greenbrier State Park is no exception, nestled right on the 42 Acre man-made Greenbrier Lake. Campers that visit will be greeted with white sandy beaches and family-friendly recreation. Camping here is an experience to remember, thanks to the multitude of options available to entertain yourself.

    The lake provides a great location for practically any water activities you can think of. While you’re not allowed to put a motorized boat in, you can use a a small electric motor boat, or even paddle boards. There’s areas to rent Canoes, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and more nearby. In addition, fishing is another extremely popular activity here. If you bring a rod out, you can find Trout, Bass, and Blue Gill. For anyone over 16, a Maryland Angler's License is required, and all Maryland fishing laws apply. There is also a 500 acre hunting area, where general hunting is permitted.

    Perhaps most notable is the various hiking trails found throughout the park. More than 11 miles of trails wind through and twist around the local geography, revealing the various quirks and features of the land. On the eastern edge of the park, Bartman Hill can be found, which is also where part of the Appalachian trail passes through. Aside from hiking, there is also an ADA accessible visitor center. What’s more, there’s even a beach wheelchair!

    Throughout the park, there are 165 campsites available for reservation. 40 of these campsites even have electric hookups. Furthermore, there are bathhouses located throughout with hot-water showers. There’s also a dump station for those planning on staying here in a van or RV. Fires are allowed on all campsites but must be kept within the fire rings. According to the state park website, pets are allowed in the Cedar and Dogwood camp loops with a few conditions. For one, Pets are only allowed on trails outside day-use area. Additionally, pets are allowed in day-use area and lake from the day after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day.

    Nightly rates for campsites start at $21.49. If you choose to reserve a campsite with electric, expect to pay $27.49. Lake Front Gazebos (capable of sheltering 32) are available for day-use rent at $100. Other fees and fares may still apply, so check out the Maryland State Park website for more information before booking.

    There are 165 campsites offering conveniently located bathhouses with hot showers. Forty sites have electric hookups.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $23 - $29 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park

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    Owens Creek Campground — Catoctin Mountain Park

    27 Reviews
    88 Photos
    120 Saves
    Sabillasville, Maryland

    Overview

    Owens Creek Campground offers families and individuals enjoyable primitive tent camping. Located just five miles from Thurmont, Maryland, in the rolling hills of Catoctin Mountain Park.

    Recreation

    As a primitive camping area, Owens Creek encourages visitors to use healthy doses of imagination while surrounded by the natural landscape. Nature hikes and campfire circles are popular activities. The Deerfield Nature Trail connects directly to the campground and is a 1.5 mile loop with a connection to the park's western system of trails. Browns Farm Trail is nearby in the Owens Creek Picnic Area and offers budding archeologists with a peek into the history of the area. This trail is also a youth friendly 'Track Trail'. For more information go to: www.kidsinparks.com. Catoctin Mountain Park boasts 25 miles of trails.

    Facilities

    As a primitive camping area, Owens Creek encourages visitors to use healthy doses of imagination while surrounded by the natural landscape. Nature hikes and campfire circles are popular activities. The Deerfield Nature Trail connects directly to the campground and is a 1.5 mile loop with a connection to the park's western system of trails. Browns Farm Trail is nearby in the Owens Creek Picnic Area and offers budding archeologists with a peek into the history of the area. This trail is also a youth friendly 'Track Trail'. For more information go to: www.kidsinparks.com. Catoctin Mountain Park boasts 25 miles of trails.

    Natural Features

    The campground is surrounded by a rolling landscape, perfect for hikes of any level from easy to extremely strenuous. Owens Creek flows past the campground providing a peaceful setting beside a bubbling brook. Whether blanketed in snow in winter months, brilliant with color in the fall or blooming with wildflowers in the spring, Owens Creek offers beautiful scenery all year.

    Nearby Attractions

    Other National Park Service units in the area are: Antietam National Battlefield www.nps.gov/ancm/index.htm 26 miles, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm 28 miles, Eisenhower National Historic Site www.nps.gov/eise/index.htm 20 miles, Gettysburg National Military Park www.nps.gov/gett/index/htm 20 miles, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm 37 miles, Monocacy National Battlefield www.nps.gov/mono/index.htm 18 miles, Appalachian National Scenic Trail www.nps.gov/appa/index.htm , 8 miles, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail www.nps.gov/pohe/index.htm , 26 miles. Other Attractions: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo www.cwpzoo.com , Cunningham Falls State Park www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/cunningham.asp , Tourism Council of Frederick County www.fredericktourism.org , Washington County Hagerstown, MD www.marylandmemories.org/home.html .

    Charges & Cancellations

    Important Information on Late Cancellations A cancellation is considered late if it occurs the day before or the day of arrival. Customers will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park

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    Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park

    24 Reviews
    78 Photos
    194 Saves
    Thurmont, Maryland

    Welcome to Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park, a gem nestled near Thurmont, MD. This campground is a fantastic spot for families and nature lovers alike. Open from April 1 to October 31, it offers a range of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the beautiful waterfall, which is a must-see. The hike to the falls is relatively easy and perfect for families with young kids. Speaking of kids, the swimming lake is a hit, especially since the roped-off area is shallow enough for little ones to splash around safely. There's also a playground by the lake, making it a great spot for a family day out.

    The campground itself is well-maintained with clean bathrooms and showers. Each site comes with a fire ring and picnic table, and there's a camp store stocked with essentials and treats like hot drinks and ice cream. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    For those who enjoy a bit of convenience, the campground offers electric hookups and drinking water. Firewood is available for purchase, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire without the hassle of bringing your own wood.

    If you're looking to explore beyond the campground, there's a National Park right next door, home to Camp David. The nearby town of Thurmont is quaint and worth a visit, and there are vineyards and breweries in the area for a bit of local flavor.

    Overall, Houck - Cunningham Falls State Park offers a blend of natural beauty and family-friendly amenities, making it a great choice for your next camping adventure.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $21 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Caledonia State Park Campground

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    Caledonia State Park Campground

    32 Reviews
    38 Photos
    173 Saves
    Fayetteville, Pennsylvania

    The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US 30.

    The park is nestled within South Mountain, the northern terminus of the well-known Blue Ridge Mountain of Maryland and Virginia. Within South Mountain there are four state parks and 84,000 acres of state forest land waiting to be explored and enjoyed. The soils on either side of South Mountain are ideal for fruit production, proven by the abundance of orchards in the surrounding area.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park

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    Manor - Cunningham Falls State Park

    22 Reviews
    60 Photos
    200 Saves
    Thurmont, Maryland

    Welcome to Manor Campground at Cunningham Falls State Park! This spot is a favorite among campers for its well-maintained sites and the variety of activities available. Open from April 1 to October 31, the campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. You can expect amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, and showers. Pets are welcome, and you can enjoy a campfire at your site.

    Visitors have noted that the campground is close to stores, which is handy if you need to pick up any last-minute supplies. The bathhouses are closed in the off-season, but portable facilities are available for winter campers. The sites are generally level and spacious, providing a good amount of privacy thanks to the wooded surroundings.

    Cunningham Falls State Park is near Thurmont, MD, and offers plenty of hiking trails, including a scenic walk to the falls. The lake is perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming, though it can get busy. The park also has a sanitary dump station and reservable sites, making it convenient for longer stays.

    Some campers have mentioned that the lower-numbered sites are more level, while the upper ones can be a bit sloped. If you're in a larger RV, you might want to keep that in mind when booking. The Deer Spring Loop is a quieter area near the top of the mountain, though it's not pet-friendly.

    Overall, Manor Campground is a solid choice for a camping trip, offering a mix of natural beauty and practical amenities. Whether you're here for the hiking, the lake, or just a relaxing weekend in the woods, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $23 - $29 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA
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    Camper-submitted photo from Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA

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    Gettysburg / Battlefield KOA

    26 Reviews
    87 Photos
    102 Saves
    Fairfield, Pennsylvania

    If you are looking for a fun way to spend time with your family and friends outdoors, you will love everything the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA has to offer. When you choose to go camping in Gettysburg, you get to enjoy a tranquil nature retreat while learning about one of the most important historical events of the nation's Civil War era. Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA is a campground near downtown Gettysburg that is built for campers of all types and experience levels. Situated just five miles from downtown Gettysburg, Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA gives you access to all the local attractions while ensuring you have a peaceful camping experience.

    You can secure a site for rugged tent camping, luxurious RV glamping or even cabin camping, depending on your party's preferences. Regardless of what type of camping experience you choose, you will have access to many modern amenities and conveniences, including essentials such as Wi-Fi and a laundry room. You can even participate in planned activities at our campground or rent bicycles for a unique way to tour the Gettysburg area.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA
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    Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA

    36 Reviews
    99 Photos
    160 Saves
    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

    The Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA is a fantastic vacation destination spot that's perfect for the whole family. Thanks to you, this year we received the 2016 KOA PRESIDENT'S AWARD. That means our campground facilities and camper satisfaction scores are some of the best around. We are making things even better in 2017! Our Specialty Coffee and Wine Store, GRAPES & GRINDS, has been a popular place for morning specialty coffees and afternoon wine tastings. Check our deluxe cabins with bathrooms and some with kitchens too! As always, our jumping pillow and giant inflatable are a hit with the kids.

    And, as always, we still have all of the fun stuff you've come to love about our campground, like our junior Olympic Swimming Pool, Indoor and Outdoor Basketball Courts, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Game Room, Bark Zone Dog Park, and all-you-can-eat pancakes in season. So make your plans now to come and make some history all your own. See you soon!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 - $80 / night

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    Gettysburg Campground

    24 Reviews
    49 Photos
    151 Saves
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

    Located just 3 miles West of the center of town, our Gettysburg Campground is bordered by beautiful Marsh Creek, with both shady or sunny RV sites, and a primitive tent area along the creek. We offer 260 sites, accommodating everything from a tent to literally any size RV. Gettysburg Campground is also the only campground in Gettysburg with an on-site RV repair facility. We also have rustic cabins and full-facility cottages

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA
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    Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA

    19 Reviews
    15 Photos
    54 Saves
    Williamsport, Maryland

    At this KOA, you can take a lazy canoe ride under a bright canopy of leaves. There's great fishing in the creek too! Meander along winding paths through extensive, lush rock gardens. Relax in the gazebo surrounded by flowers and herbs. Enjoy mini golf, a playground, an outdoor theater, game room, swimming pool and oversized chess and checkers. Participate in themed weekends during the summer. Check out the Haunted House in October, a chilling experience. On weekends, stop by KOA's nostalgic Remember When Diner. Enjoy hamburgers and fries, pizza or a crab cake dinner, as well as a full breakfast menu. Indulge in the soda fountain's old-fashioned malts, shakes and floats. With this KOA as your home base, visit Antietam, Gettysburg and Harpers Ferry battlegrounds. It's a great place for Scouts, church groups and family reunions.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Hagerstown MD
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Hagerstown MD
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    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Hagerstown MD

    16 Reviews
    53 Photos
    62 Saves
    Williamsport, Maryland

    Located along Maryland’s western scenic foothills, Yogi Bear Campground MD, offers an unforgettable camping experience the whole family will enjoy. Situated just down the road from historic landmarks such as the Antietam National Battlefield and breathtaking scenery along the Appalachian Trail, Jellystone Park™ Williamsport is the perfect “home-base” for those wanting to explore the area. When our campers aren’t busy swimming and splashing at Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, zooming down our 400-foot water slides or testing their skills at the ninja course, they can enjoy our 18-hole mini golf course, jumping pillow, lazer tag, and so much more!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $99 - $471 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Smithsburg, MD?

According to TheDyrt.com, Smithsburg, MD offers a wide range of camping options, with 126 campgrounds and RV parks near Smithsburg, MD and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

Which is the most popular campground near Smithsburg, MD?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Smithsburg, MD is Greenbrier State Park Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 41 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Smithsburg, MD?

According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot near Smithsburg, MD.

What parks are near Smithsburg, MD?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 18 parks near Smithsburg, MD that allow camping, notably Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.