Sherri C.

Pro

Brookeville, MD

Joined July 2020

So so close to the beach

This campground is unlike most—few if any trees, no fires at individual sites, and not particularly secluded. But what it does do, it does really well—level sites, clean bathhouses, beach access, and even a beachside restaurant.

The really good: Walk to the beach Cute beach restaurant Plenty of parking Close to towns/restaurants, etc… Kid friendly Quiet at night Beautiful view of the bridge Free beach parking with your tag Clean bathrooms/showers

The okay: Small, very tightly packed sites No trees for hammocks for hanging anything No shade—PREPARE ACCORDINGLY

The not great: The egg-y low tide smell

Quietest of Nights

We took a single-night opportunity to get away to Catoctin yesterday. The campground was more than half vacant, it being mid-week. Don, the camp host, came to greet us a bit after we arrived. We did two small (1.5 miles each) hikes. Firewood was plentiful and burned well, and the temperature was nearly 15 degrees cooler than off the mountain. Great shady camp spaces with a leave tent pad. We’ll totally be back.

Oh, and the cleanest bathrooms I’ve ever seen in a campsite.

Along the Wide Potomac

We rented the one of the cabins, "Onward," here at Brunswick Family Campground. 

Pros:

  • Great Potomac river views
  • Weather-proof cabin with comfy bunks
  • Friendly fellow campers
  • C and O Canal towpath cuts right through to allow for some great walks
  • Close to Harpers Ferry and tubing
  • Close to the Monocacy River (great for kayaking!) 

Cons: 

  • The cabin was TINY. Essentially four beds (two bunks) and some space between them to move around. Essentially a shed with bunkbeds in it. 
  • Cabin was kind of expensive for what it was
  • Older, just-clean-enough bathhouse (quite a walk from our cabin)
  • Brunswick train station and depot is just a few hundred feet away and you can hear trains at all times of the night 
  • Really bright fluorescent light post outside our cabin 
  • Close sites to neighbors
Treehouses on the Cheap

My husband and I stayed here for just a night to getaway from normal life. We stayed in the Bonsai treehouse, which got us up off the ground and provided great shelter overnight. We had great weather, in the end. 

The pros:

Clean, easy to walk to bathrooms and showers

Clean treehouse

Quiet campground

A short walk to the Appalachian Trail for some hiking 

A short drive to Big Cork winery for some sipping

Pets allowed

The cons:

Poison ivy EVERYWHERE at this particular site. Came home covered in it

Steep road grade for our regular sedan to handle

Spacious Sites Near the Beach

Camping in Henlopen State Park was a great idea! My group was there, on two adjacent sites, from Sunday to Tuesday, in early June. The weather could not have been more ideal! We were on sites G12 and G13, which were both really large. Here's the rundown:

Pros:

  • Clean, accessible bathhouses
  • Really large tent sites
  • So close to the beach and nearby Rehoboth and Lewes (great dining and shopping)
  • Easy-burning firewood
  • Access to a camp store
  • A pretty quiet campground altogether
  • Campground fee includes beach access so you don't have to pay again

Cons:

  • It's busy! Be prepared to wait to get into the park for 15-45 mins due to traffic backups at the entrance gate
  • The walk to the beach is a LONG one

Neutral Thoughts: 

  • The campsite as a whole is a very busy one--there's a lot going on from bike riding to frisbee throwing
Hidden Lake in PA's Mountains

Our trip to Cowan's Gap was great--and the weather was amazing as well! 

The pros:

  • Easily accessible and CLEAN bathhouse and showers. 
  • Sites spaces out and separated by trees
  • Lake access within walking distance
  • Hiking trails nearby
  • Polite, approachable hosts
  • "Beach" access
  • Camp store with concessions
  • Kayak rentals on site

The cons: 

  • You can hear the people on the beach from across the lake--lots of kids screaming
  • The overlook access road was closed
  • Camp store only open 11-5
  • Firewood (purchases there) just would.not.burn!
Riverside and Trackside

A friend and I chose this campground because of it's right-on-the-river sites and it's close proximity to the tubing we'd be doing on the Shenandoah River through the same company as the campsite, River Riders. 

When we arrived we noticed that the campsites are one on top of the other in a row along the access road and the river. There is no separate between the sites (kids ran through ours a few times ripping out our guy lines) and you can hear all radios and all the conversations of your neighbors. 

The river views were amazing, but face the other way and you're looking at a 15 or so foot CSX rail line berm. The trains that come through here almost hourly range from quick commuter MARC or Amtrak trains to long freight trains. The proximity to the tracks means that if the sound doesn't wake you up, the rumbling ground will. Every hour through the night. 

The amenities here really let me down. The campground cannot do anything about their location along the tracks, but they can control their response time to issues and the cleanliness of their bathrooms. The bathroom trailer near the campsites was extremely smelly, with many of the 4 toilets clogged. The water from the sink sprayed everywhere, and for the first day and a half of our trip, there was NO SOAP. In a normal time this would be a problem. In a Covid19 time, it's horrible. We tried to let a camp host know the first night, but we couldn't locate them. The next day while at the River Rider facility to tube I let them know. Upon arrival back at our site later that second day there was still no soap. I saw a River Riders employee (a guy in a white RR car) and told him, he said okay, but did not get us soap. We called the office when we could find service, and they said they'd send someone. Finally, around 8pm on the second day, the weekday camp host said she would refill the soap if they "weren't out of it." YOU CANNOT BE OUT OF SOAP IN 2020. It's just not okay to be open to the public without such a basic sanitary need. 

Between the train and the crummy, smelly, understocked facilities, I will never be back here. Even if that was a really nice river view.