At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Yogi Bear CampgroundWhen you go camping in Maryland, you’re probably on the hunt for water activities if you’re not camping near D.C. – that’s because virtually the entire state is covered by the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the state has 3,190 miles of tidal shoreline. But the type of water varies from ocean, to bay, to mountain lake, to marshy river; and each type brings new adventure. Fortunately, most campgrounds in Maryland feature modern facilities, dry and wet activities, and interpretive programs which are especially great for families.

The Dyrt Campers Share Their Favorite Campgrounds in Maryland

Local users and reviewers on The Dyrt share some of the state’s most famous sites and hidden gems.

1. Assateague State Park

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Image from The Dyrt camper Tori V.

This is the bucket list item if you’re looking for the best campgrounds in Maryland. Assateague Island is a 37-mile-long barrier island off the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Wild horses roam the dunes, and with beachfront camping options, you’re almost guaranteed to see some.

There are lots of different camping options along the shore, including primitive sites and family-friendly, fully-stocked grounds. The state park offers the most amenities, like newly-renovated bath houses. You can pitch your tent right on the sand if you’re looking to wake up early to pastel sunrises.

“I really enjoyed seeing how protected the horses were with their own “body guards” which were the rangers that followed them. I’ll absolutely be back next year ❤️ – The Dyrt camper Sarah F.

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2. Houck Area, Cunningham Falls State Park

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Image from The Dyrt camper Jennifer R.

Camp where the President vacations! Okay, not really: while Cunningham Falls State Park is located close to Camp David, it isn’t affected by presidential travel-related closures. Nestled in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains, this state park offers ample hiking, swimming and beautiful waterfalls.

There are two camping areas in the state park, called Manor and Houck. Houck is closest to the falls and the lake, and Manor is near the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.

This state park is beautiful and off the grid! We love hiking to the falls, swimming in the lake, visiting Misty Meadow farm and creamery, and relaxing!” – The Dyrt camper Regina C.

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3. Rocky Gap State Park

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Image from The Dyrt camper Jennifer S.

This campground is tucked away in the mountains between Cumberland and Hagerstown in Western Maryland. Campers can swim and kayak in a crystal-clear lake fed by a stream that first passes through an impressive mile-long gorge. There’s pleasant hiking in the dense hemlock and chestnut forest surrounding the campground. Kids can also view rescued birds and reptiles at an aviary or participate in various summer interpretive programs; and adults can visit the nearby casino.

“Rocky gap is one of my favorite parks to camp in Maryland!… The water is incredibly clean and the best part, is that the ‘day use’ area for the general public is separate. So, when you go to the beach at Rocky Gap, it is just other campers. This keeps the beach clean, quiet and not crowded.” – The Dyrt camper Jennifer S.

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4. Tuckahoe State Park

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Image from The Dyrt camper Fransheska A.

This is one of the quietest campgrounds in Maryland; in reviews, The Dyrt users raved about the lack of cell reception. Located on the Eastern Shore, Tuckahoe State Park offers private, spaced-out campsites among the woods. Campers can kayak or fish on the Tuckahoe River, or drive to the nearby Chesapeake Bay for more sweeping watershed views. The area’s mostly-flat trails are perfect for hiking and biking.

“They had cool playgrounds for the kiddos made out of recycled tires. My son really enjoyed that. If you get a chance to explore the surrounding area, I would check out the local arboretum. Overall an awesome little escape from our busy everyday lives!” – The Dyrt camper Fransheska A.

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5. Point Lookout State Park

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Image from The Dyrt camper Carrie A.

This spit of land at the tip of Southern Maryland has seen its fair share of history. Captain John Smith first came ashore at Point Lookout in 1608. In 1862, it was turned into a Union hospital and prisoner of war camp for nearly 50,000 Confederate States Army soldiers.

Local folklore has it that their ghosts roam the modern campground. Campers can visit an old lighthouse and a Civil War museum, along with fishing, swimming and biking.

“This is just one of those parks where there are a million things to do… Fishing is probably the biggest draw here. There are piers for fishing, separate piers for crabbing, and a fishing beach. There is also a full-service boat launch with a fish-cleaning station and a park store with provisions, including bait.” – The Dyrt camper Tara S.

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  • Camille von Kaenel

    Camille von Kaenel

    Camille von Kaenel was born in Switzerland, grown in California and raised by mountains. She is a journalist interested in the relationships between the environment and humans and previously covered climate change policy in Washington, D.C. Find her most happy reading in a hammock near a body of water after a full day of hiking and climbing.