Sean M.

Pro

Owings Mills , MD

Joined April 2020

Former park ranger and outdoor guide that will always be a fan of wild spaces.

Quiet and Friendly Campground

Decent size RV park with mostly seasonal and full time residents. They are still happy to have short term campers. Nice full hook up sites and cable TV. Staff was very friendly. Firewood is abundant, good quality, and cheap. Not a whole lot on the way of amenities, but it’s a nice facility. Location is great, very close to the lake and the ski resort. If you want to camp while at the lake this is a great choice.

Very Nice RV Park

Nice place. Sites are pretty close together, but otherwise nice and well maintained. Beware the $5 per person visitor fee. Staff was very friendly. Pool was nice and mini golf was fun. I definitely recommend this campground if in the area.

An Eastern Park in the Western Tradition

This is my favorite campground, and general area, in Shenandoah National Park. The campground is nice and well kept. The tent sites are pretty spaced out, but the RV sites are pretty close together. The bathhouses are adequate and clean, but quite small. There was a wait sometimes for the men’s room even. The staff was friendly, but beware: they are very strict and unwavering in their enforcement of bear safety regulations. LEAVE NO FOOD OR KITCHEN ITEMS UNATTENDED EVER. We saw much revenue generated for the NPS that weekend by inattentive campers.

Big Meadows is centrally located in the park and close to many big attractions. I suggest stony man trail and dark hollow falls, both relatively short hikes to an overlook and nice waterfall, respectively. For a great treat hike down (uphill all the way coming back!) to Rapidan camp, the historic predecessor to Camp David. Try to time your hike with a bus tour to get a guided look inside the restored camp buildings. The visitor center has a great museum as well.

Wilderness of the West in the East

The sods are a truly wild and remote place in an increasingly crowded East coast. For years Dolly Sods has been my go-to backcountry destination, even for chilly winter stays. Many places carry the “wilderness” moniker in the East, but this place lives up to it. No cell service, no car camping, no trail markers, no toilets, and no running water. It’s the real deal. During the off season you can hike for days and not see another person. There are some opportunities to camp closer to the trailhead for those only looking to dip a toe into wilderness travel, but you could hike for miles to a remote site as well. Be advised, a good physical map and compass, the skills needed to use them, are vital here. There are no trail marks and the path can be confusing. Come prepared and have a great adventure.

Beautiful Place

The tall grass prairie here is absolutely beautiful, and a rare place to be able to enjoy. There are two established campgrounds here, but dispersed camping is allowed anywhere on the property (with restrictions). It’s a very different kind of camping than I was used to in forests back east. It’s wide open here and cattle roam the land. It’s a great place to experience all the Great Plains has to offer for the outdoor lover.

The Quiet side of Pocomoke

There are two campgrounds at Pocomoke State Park. This one is across the river from the main area of the park and seems much more quiet and laid back (just comparatively, Pocomoke is generally pretty quiet). If you want all the services and to be close to the pool, choose shad landing. This area is great though. Sites are larger than average and well kept. The bathhouse was well above average, clean and new (rare in state parks). I stayed in a mini cabin, and it was a great rustic-but not too rustic option. Basically camping but not having to set up a tent. If you want a quiet camping getaway this is a great option.

Great Beach Park

We like camping on the beach and this park does not disappoint. The beaches here are t nearly as crowded and busy as further south in MD. The sites here aren’t as close to the beach as the similar Assateague, and the sites here feel more crowded together and exposed. It feels more like a nice beachside RV park than state park campground, and that’s ok. You came here for the beach, and there is a very nice one right on site. The bathhouses were mostly clean, but could definitely use updating. The staff was very friendly. In fact, I noted how helpful and empathetic the staff was when we had a minor issue we had to call about. If you are looking for a nice and affordable beach getaway, this might be the place for you.

Good Stop on the AT

This is a stop on the AT open only to multi-day backpackers. I’ve heard it is sometimes enforced. It’s a bit different than most AT stops, as there are no real sites, just a large grassy area to pitch tents. It isn’t reservable, but free as long as you are AT backpacking. There is a basic, but clean, bathroom with showers. There is also a year-round water source (the bathroom closes in winter). There isn’t much to see or do really, just a spot to pitch a tent. Keep alcohol consumption discreet, it’s in a state park where alcohol is not allowed, even though is generally allowed on the trail.

Underrated Park

This park is a great underrated gem. It’s an eastern shore getaway without the hustle, bustle, and crowds of the ocean beaches. No beaches here, but instead you get miles upon miles of some of the best kayaking and canoeing on the Chesapeake. You are also minutes from Crisfield and some of the best seafood in the country.

The campground is standard state park fare, but was clean and well maintained. Bathrooms were very clean, but could use some updating. Only saw a ranger a few times, but they were very friendly and helpful. Sites are relatively close together but not right on top of each other. Overall a great place more people should consider.

Nice Beach, bare bones camping

The beach is very nice, and it’s really cool that you can drive on the sand. Camping is bare bones in terms of amenities and luxury, but it’s a lot like other austere island camping I’ve done, I’m here for the environment, not the luxe!

Amazing place with interesting history

The camping here is great. High summer can get very buggy, but the “shoulder” seasons here are amazing. Campground is big, but you feel secluded back in the woods. Plenty to do here including fishing, boating, hiking, and checking out the interesting civil war history. It’s even claimed that the campground, with the rest of the park is haunted! Our stay was ghoul free, but not too many campgrounds can say they have their own ghosts!

Beautiful Coastal Park

Awesome place! It was clean and well maintained. Didn’t stay in a cottage but they looked very nice and right on the river. Great views, good trails, and an interesting nature center with friendly staff. If you are in the area I highly recommend this overlooked park!

Great for Families!

Very nice large state park. Campground is big, but doesn’t feel crowded. As with most MD state parks the bathrooms could use updating, but they were kept very clean. This park is great for families, lots to do!

Nice quiet campground

Stayed in a mini-cabin here and it was quite nice. As with most MD state parks the bathhouses could use updating, but was always clean and well kept. We immediately noticed how clean and tidy the campground was kept, it was immaculate. The park is nice, right on the river, great for kayaking.

Beautiful!

It’s a small park nestled in a little pristine valley that feels like you are in another world! You are surrounded by old growth hemlock, miles of trails, and a good lake. The views alone are worth the trip!

Good, Small, and Quiet

Good, small, quiet campground. Don’t expect any frills -at all- but the scenery and the history is great. The fort is very cool, and exhibits are great.

Great Small State Park

This cozy park is a great eastern shore retreat. The campground is clean and well kept. Bathhouses are very nice and well maintained. Staff is friendly and helpful. They also have cabins available. The river access for boating and fishing is great. The nature center is also worth a look, especially with kids.

Great Beach Camping

You can’t beat Assateague. It’s a long running family tradition to camp here for many. Amazing scenery and a very nice campground. Bathhouses are new and very nice. Camp hosts are always on duty and friendly. Rangers are helpful and knowledgeable. There is a camp store and market and firewood is for sale. It’s clean and well kept. Every site is steps from the ocean!

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!