Washington, D.C. is best known as the home of the nation's capital government buildings, but its suburban areas offer access to some of the East Coast's most beautiful natural areas, including lovely Shenandoah National Park and the pristine waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors looking for rustic accommodations can choose from a variety of lovely primitive and full-service campgrounds, ranging from state and national park campground areas to family-friendly resorts with modern amenities like miniature golf courses and arcades. Many campgrounds offer direct access to D.C.'s Metro subway system, a great choice for guests looking to explore both urban and rural attractions in the area.
1.Big Meadows Campground
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Big Meadows Campground is an expansive campground tucked into the rolling hills of beautiful Shenandoah National Park, offering more than 200 campsites for rental throughout the year. The family-friendly campground showcases the most beautiful scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley regions, serving as a launching-off point for exploring more than 500 miles of trails throughout the region, including 100 miles of the renowned Appalachian Trail. Tent and RV hookup campsites can accommodate individual families and large groups, offering access to modern conveniences like indoor restrooms, showers, and dump stations. Day-use picnic areas feature tables, grills, and fire pits for guest use.
Skyline Dr, Stanley, VA 22851, Phone: 540-999-3500
2.Brunswick Family Campground
Brunswick Family Campground is a charming campground just an hour outside of the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., located near the city of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia along the banks of the Potomac River. The scenic campground is located adjacent to the beautiful C&O Canal National Historical Park, which preserves one of the nation's most important former canal route towpaths. Over 100 lovely campsites are available for overnight rental, including tent and RV hookup sites. Amenities include a dump station, day-use picnic sites, pavilions, a bathhouse, and a children's playground and sporting court area. Nearby, national parks like Antietam and Harpers Ferry National Park showcase sites connected to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the region's colonial and pioneer eras.
1147, 100 S Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD 21716, Phone: 301-834-9952
3.Cherry Hill Park
Cherry Hill Park offers the closest campground to downtown Washington, D.C., located in the city of College Park, Maryland. The lovely campground features a plethora of overnight rental options for visitors, ranging from tent and RV hookup sites to charming premium cabin rentals with modern amenities. Each standard campsite offers electrical hookups, fire rings, day-use picnic sites, and access to nearby wash stations and bathhouses. Complimentary wireless internet is offered throughout the modern campground, which is home to two solar-heated pools, a year-round cafe, a children's splash park, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. The campground offers direct access to the D.C. Metro system, making it a great choice for urban campers looking for easy transportation to area downtown attractions.
9800 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 301-937-7116
Greenbelt Park is a charming public park overseen by the National Park Service, located just 10 miles northeast of the city of Washington, D.C. within the Capital Beltway. The heavily-forested park was developed in 1950 and is home to five miles of hiking and equestrian trails, along with a number of day-use picnic sites. The charming Greenbelt Campground offers tent camping sites and RV hookup sites available throughout the year, featuring private picnic tables and fire rings at all sites. A dump station, modern bathhouse, and ADA-accessible grills are offered on site for all overnight guests to use.
6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Phone: 301-344-3944
5.Harbor View RV and Camping Resort
Harbor View RV and Camping Resort is a gorgeous campground resort located on the banks of the beautiful Potomac River, located adjacent to charming Westmoreland Berry Farm. The campground makes a great jumping-off point for exploring the Northern Virginia area's rural wineries or perusing the attractions of the Chesapeake Bay's waterfront communities. 144 tent and RV hookup campsites showcase lovely scenery and modern amenities, including full bathhouse and shower facilities. Guests can make use of the resort's day-use picnic and barbecue areas, along with sporting courts, a miniature golf course, and a family swimming pool. A children's playground is also offered, as well as an activity center hosting planned activities throughout the year for guests of all ages.
15 Harbor View Cir, Colonial Beach, VA 22443, Phone: 804-224-8164
6.Patapsco Valley State Park
Patapsco Valley State Park is a beautiful 14,000-acre state park located along the banks of the beautiful Patapsco River, just southwest of the city of Baltimore. The public recreational area, which was named as the region's best hiking destination by the Baltimore City Paper in 2007, offers a plethora of opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout the year, including chances for fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. A disc golf course is offered at its McKeldin Area, while Civilian Conservation Corps-constructed shelters and structures are preserved at its Hollofield Area. The park's Hilton Area, located near the city of Catonsville, is home to a charming small campground featuring tent and RV hookups, along with miniature rental cabins for overnight stay.
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043, Phone: 410-461-5005
7.Pohick Bay Regional Park Campground
Pohick Bay Regional Park Campground is a delightful campground in Lorton, Virginia, located just adjacent to Interstate 95 within 10 minutes of the D.C. Metro service. The campground showcases deluxe cabins and electric hookup campsites, complete with access to comfort stations featuring hot showers, toilets, and laundry services. Limited wireless internet hotspot access is offered for all overnight guests. A network of walking trails that embark from the campground lead to the adjacent Pirate's Cove Waterpark, which offers family-friendly water park activities throughout the summer months. Direct Chesapeake Bay access areas are perfect for water sports, with kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals available on site.
6501 Pohick Bay Dr, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: 703-339-6104
Ramblin' Pines is a quaint wooded campground located within convenient driving distance of the top attractions of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, right in the charming city of Woodbine, Maryland. The full-service family-friendly campground is home to more than 200 campsites, most of which offer full tent and RV hookups. Cable television is included with all rentals, along with access to modern showers, restrooms, and laundry services. Guests traveling with four-legged friends in tow can make use of the campground's lovely off-leash dog park, while families can enjoy access to a swimming pool, game room, and activities building. For more modern-style accommodations, guests can also rent one of the facility's camping cabins, which feature air conditioning and electricity.
801 Hoods Mill Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797, Phone: 410-795-5161
9.Shenandoah River State Park
Shenandoah River State Park is a gorgeous 1,619-acre state park stretching along the banks of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, located near the lovely city of Bentonville, Virginia. The park, which was established in 1994, offers unparalleled views of stunning Massanutten Mountain and nearby Shenandoah National Park. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound, including chances for fishing, canoeing, ziplining, and hiking along the park's 24 miles of trails. 10 riverfront tent campsites are offered at the park's quaint campground, along with several overnight rental camping cabins and a group campground facility. All overnight guests can make use of amenities like public restrooms, electric hookups, and adjacent boat launch facilities.
350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentonville, VA 22610, Phone: 540-622-6840
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10.Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree
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Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree is set on 20 acres near the city of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, located within easy driving distance of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.'s city centers. The lovely year-round campground is located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail at South Mountain, offering convenient access to popular hiking and river rafting areas. Secluded campsites offer indoor restrooms, private outdoor showers, and access to the campsite's multi-use pavilion and camp store. The campground is pet-friendly, making it a great choice for area visitors looking to get away with their four-legged friends. Modern tree cottages make for a unique alternative to tent camping, available with advance reservation. The campground's unique Hobbit House is also available for overnight rental, sleeping four in a pet-friendly environment with a harvest table, outdoor picnic area, and wood-burning stove.
20716 Townsend Rd, Rohrersville, MD 21779, Phone: 301-432-5585
11.Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday
Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday is an award-winning campground in Millersville, Maryland, offering direct seasonal shuttle service to the downtown centers of nearby Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. The campground, which is set on 50 acres of rolling picturesque countryside, offers a variety of tent and RV hookup campsites for overnight stay throughout the year. Tiled showers and restrooms can be accessed by all overnight guests. Complimentary wireless internet is offered, along with amenities like a seasonal outdoor pool, billiard and ping-pong tables, a basketball court, and a dog park. During the summer months, group activities like outdoor movies, ice cream socials, and flashlight hunts engage guests of all ages.
68 Cecil Ave N, Millersville, MD 21108, Phone: 410-923-2771
12.Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is a charming camping experience for the entire family, nestled into the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains in Luray, Virginia. The 73-acre campground is located just down the road from beautiful Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park, making it a great option for visitors looking to explore the region's natural wonders. Primitive and hookup tent and RV campsites offer modern amenities, including access to bathhouses and showers. Camping cabins, comfort cabins, and cottages are also available for overnight stay for those looking for more modern accommodations. A plethora of family-friendly activities are offered onsite, including an 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade, and an outdoor movie theater.
2250 US Highway 211 E, Luray, VA 22835, Phone: 540-300-1697
12 Best DC Area Camping Spots
- Big Meadows Campground, Photo: National Parked/stock.adobe.com
- Brunswick Family Campground, Photo: Ekaterina/stock.adobe.com
- Cherry Hill Park, Photo: bernardbodo/stock.adobe.com
- Greenbelt Park, Photo: brizmaker/stock.adobe.com
- Harbor View RV and Camping Resort, Photo: GVS/stock.adobe.com
- Patapsco Valley State Park, Photo: moodboard/stock.adobe.com
- Pohick Bay Regional Park Campground, Photo: Kalim/stock.adobe.com
- Ramblin' Pines, Photo: moodboard/stock.adobe.com
- Shenandoah River State Park, Photo: william87/stock.adobe.com
- Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree, Photo: Treehouse Camp At Maple Tree
- Washington DC / Capitol KOA Holiday, Photo: nd3000/stock.adobe.com
- Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Photo: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
- Cover Photo: DC Studio/stock.adobe.com