Best Tent Camping Maryland  by Evan Balkan

Best Tent Camping: Maryland Guide Book

by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)
Best Tent Camping Maryland  by Evan Balkan
From the majestic Atlantic Coast to the sublime Appalachians of the westernmost counties—with some piedmont vista, old forest, and Chesapeake Bay bounties thrown in for good measure—camping in the Old Line State has never been better. Hundreds of miles of trails and thousands of miles of rivers lace the countryside around these forest hideaways, opening the door to endless adventure.

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Trails from the "Best Tent Camping: Maryland" Guide Book
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The backcountry campsites at Assateague Island National Seashore are not for the faint of heart; they are reached only after a decent walk or paddle and require that you haul in all your gear, even wa ...
Berlin, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Assateague Island is a barrier island, stretching 37 miles from just south of Ocean City all the way to Chincoteague in Virginia. It’s very narrow in places; this allows for watching the sunrise over ...
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How’d you like to wake up on the beach, the Atlantic Ocean over the closest dune, while the silhouette of a wild horse stretches across your tent wall? Sounds like paradise? It’s pretty close, and it’ ...
Berlin, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Not to be confused with Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park is run by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In what’s an oft-quoted boast, National Geographic Traveler s ...
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Big Run is just one of the many state parks and forests in Garrett County; what sets it apart from its neighbors is its proximity to the unspoiled Savage River Reservoir. At 300 acres, Big Run State P ...
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Brunswick Family Campground possesses some prime real estate, astride a particularly beautiful stretch of the Potomac River. Brunswick is a small city (population 5,000) in southwestern Frederick Coun ...
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All campsites along the canal have two things in common: the Potomac in front and the towpath behind. This means an endless supply of boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking opportunities. Every site i ...
Hagerstown, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
What follows is a continuation of hikwe-biker sites, moving northwesterly along the C&O Canal toward Cumberland. North Mountain is nicely wild, with little evidence of humanity, either modern or hi ...
Hagerstown, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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The first five hiker-biker campsites in this section all sit within or adjacent to the Green Ridge State Forest. What follows is a continuation of sites from Cacapon Junction (Mile 133), moving northw ...
Little Orleans, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
There are 32 tent-only hiker-biker campsites along the canal, located roughly every 5 miles. The H/B sites are limited to one night per site. This can be an annoyance for a lot of people, as it requir ...
Potomac, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to use Catoctin as a presidential getaway, naming it Shangri-La. Catoctin Mountain Park has a pedigreed history as a getaway spot—the presidential retreat at Camp D ...
Thurmont, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Spring is a fantastic time to come here, as the wildflowers that dot the swamplands explode in color. An abundance of wildlife thrives in the managed forest, while the swamp waters attract loads of be ...
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The park’s namesake is a 78-foot waterfall, which qualifies as Maryland’s largest cascading waterfall. Cunningham Falls State Park is situated in the Catoctin Mountains. Cunningham Falls is an eas ...
Thurmont, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The Manor Camping Area has 31 sites total. There are only one-fifth the number of sites of the William Houck Area here, and many people regard the Manor Area as a second choice if they couldn’t get a ...
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Many Marylanders might be surprised to know that this portion of their state actually lies west of the Eastern Continental Divide. The obvious main attraction here is the proximity to Deep Creek La ...
Swanton, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Situated on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Elk River, Elk Neck State Park contains a wealth of beauty (though no elk), encapsulated within a real diversity in topography, including bea ...
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One couldn’t ask for a better location for a campground. Fort Frederick sits up the hill, easily accessible via a paved path (Fort Frederick Road). Down from the fort, you cross the C&O Canal Towpath ...
Big Pool, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Gambrill State Park, at more than 1,100 acres, sits within an area of Frederick County that is packed with parks and recreation opportunities. Gambrill sits on a ridge of Catoctin Mountain and contain ...
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Camping here is a real out-of-the-way experience, and it’s well worth the trouble locating it. The six sites within the Piney Mountain Area constitute huge, cleared areas carved from the forest that s ...
Sang Run, MD - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
A word of warning: the Garrett State Forest’s camping areas aren’t very easy to locate because they’re sandwiched between two prominent state parks: Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor. In fact, it’s m ...
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